This is a series of articles showcasing how citizens’ everyday actions can help safeguard water quality.

Family Forest Program

Learn more about how the Family Forest Carbon Program enables property owners to access carbon markets.

Real or Artificial?

Choosing a real or manufactured Christmas tree has implications for the environment.

Master Watershed Steward Program

Learn more about the Penn State Extension Master Watershed Steward program.

Brown Lawn?

After a summer of brown grass and endless, fruitless watering, here’s an idea: Instead of investing all that time, energy and water in grass, go on a lawn diet.

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Garden for wildlife

Create a backyard habitat that supports native wildlife and protects your drinking water.

Become a water-miser

Successful vegetable and flower gardeners have six strategies that save you time, energy and water.

Clean Water is Up to You

Compost your scraps

Up to 95 percent of waste that could be composted ends up in landfills instead.

Plant native!

Create a native habitat

Whatever the size of your garden, using native plants makes sense, and not just for water quality.

Ditch the grease

Put your septic system on a fat-free diet to help the watershed – and yourself!

Please pass on the salt

Snow-melting salt used in winter can seep into watershed all year long.