Collect and store water on your property. Install permeable gravel or paving stone driveways and pathways, use rain barrels, or design your backyard to include a bioswale or rain garden. All of these choices can store and filter water during periods of high rainfall, reducing the risk of flooding.
Plant trees. Trees store and filter large amounts of water. As they grow they also store greenhouse gases and purify the air. The shade they provide can also help keep your home cooler in the summer, saving on energy costs.
Keep household chemicals out of waterways. Be careful of how you use cleaners, de-icing salts, motor oil, and antifreeze. Driveway spills can easily end up in waterways. Dispose of all unused chemicals and empty containers properly. See http://www.winnipeg.ca/waterandwaste/garbage/hhw.stm to find out where to dispose of household chemicals.
Use eco-friendly products. Choose biodegradable, phosphate-free soaps whenever possible for washing yourself, your dishes, your clothes, and your car.
Avoid over-fertilizing your lawn. Choose slow-release, low-phosphate formulas, and apply fertilizer only when needed. Avoid fertilizing when heavy rain is expected. Don’t throw your clippings away! Nutrient-rich grass clippings can be used for compost, reducing future fertilizer costs.
Do not disturb natural areas. Mowing native grasses repeatedly can harm them and reduce their ability to filter pollutants. Dumping grass clippings, weeds, old soil or pet waste can cause dead spots and introduces excess nutrients and invasive weeds into the waterways. Natural areas are also often used as nesting habitat for sensitive wildlife. Please keep all pets on-leash, and stay on the designated pathways.