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Posted on: July 30, 2021

[ARCHIVED] Commissioner Pratt featured in One Water Video Series

Aerial image of hands holding orange cup catching water from pipe

Most of the pollution that enters our waterways comes from rainwater. Reducing pollution starts with you! View quick and easy ways to improve water quality in the videos below.  

In this short series Water Resources Commissioner Evan Pratt, along with partners from the City of Ann Arbor and the Huron River Watershed Council, share helpful ways you can take action to protect and preserve local waters. 

There's One Water, and It's Ours To Protect.

Strom Drain

Women in safety vest holds rake

Curbside storm drains are underground pipes that carry unfiltered runoff, melting snow, and pollution directly into our rivers, lakes, and streams.


Man holding trash can and trash grabber

Picking up trash will protect our water, especially around rivers and creeks.

Rain Gardens

Man stands in front of rain garden

Rain gardens use native Michigan plants that thrive in local conditions while providing habitat for pollinators. These plants capture storm runoff before it enters storm drains and pollutes our local waterways.

Fats, Oils, Grease, and Perscriptions 

Man holding small package and trash can

Fats, oils, grease and wipes should never go down the drain-- trash them! And, take your unused prescriptions to a nearby take-back program.

Pet Waste

Women holding bagged pet waste

Left on sidewalks, pet waste washes directly into storm drains and our local waterways no filters, no treatment. Pet owners, do your part. Scoop, bag and trash pet waste.

Plant a Tree

Man holding small potted tree

Trees soak up runoff with their roots and intercept rainwater in their canopies. They filter pollution like pesticides, fertilizers, and bacteria from animal waste.

Look for these videos to be shared by our office on Facebook and Twitter throughout summer!

Follow the Huron River Watershed Council and Washtenaw County Water Resources on YouTube to view more great videos about water quality!

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