Actions to Protect Our Waters

There are many actions you can take to make a Ripple Effect and protect Dane County waters. Learn more about what you can do below and click on a program to learn more or get involved.


Raking Leaves

Leaf-free Streets

In the fall, timely removal of street leaf litter can reduce the amount of phosphorus in urban stormwater by 80% compared to no leaf removal. Learn how to safely dispose of your leaves and sign up for rain alerts on our program page.





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Native plant garden

Plant Dane

Native plants provide important ecosystem services such as habitat for local wildlife and improved water quality. Learn more about native plants, our annual native plant sale, raingarden resources and more on our Plant Dane program page.





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Children marking a storm drain

Storm Drain Marking

Storm drain marking helps increase awareness of the storm drain’s connection to our local water resources. Educate your community about stormwater pollution by marking storm drains.





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Native Plants for School and Community Projects volunteer grower

Storm Drain Murals

The Storm Drain Mural Program uses storm drains as a canvas to educate residents about stormwater pollution through art. The  colorful murals is to capture the attention of those who pass by, help them understand where the stormwater that enters their storm drain flows and get them thinking about what they can do to “Keep It Clean”.




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Learn how to be Salt Wise

Wisconsin Salt Wise

In Wisconsin and much of the United States, chloride from salt is infiltrating into our lakes, streams and groundwater. These increased chloride levels have significant environmental and economic impacts on our daily lives. Visit Wisconsin Salt Wise to learn more about steps you can to use less salt and protect our waters.




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