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  1. Conservation Easements

    https://ohiowatersheds.osu.edu/resources/human-dimensions/mental-models/conservation-easements

    A conservation easement is a legal agreement between a landowner and public or private entity, such as a land trust, or a government agency.  An easement places a limit on how the land can be used in the future.  For example, it may require that landowner ...

  2. Promoting Infiltration

    https://ohiowatersheds.osu.edu/resources/human-dimensions/mental-models/basic-stream-and-watershed-ecology-lesson-plans/promoting-infiltration

    Your house roof, like pavement, sheds water. If downspouts from roof gutters empty out on grassy areas, the water will have a chance to soak naturally into the ground. This will allow the water that runs off your roof to have a chance to soak into the gro ...

  3. Septic Maintenance and Upgrades

    https://ohiowatersheds.osu.edu/resources/human-dimensions/mental-models/septic-maintenance-and-upgrades

    Roughly 1 million Ohio homes use septic tanks and, unlike those homes that use city sewage treatment systems, on-site septic system maintenance and upkeep are the homeowner's responsibility. Ensuring septic systems are properly designed and maintaine ...

  4. Low-impact Lawn Care

    https://ohiowatersheds.osu.edu/resources/human-dimensions/mental-models/basic-stream-and-watershed-ecology-lesson-plans/low-impact-lawns

    Many of the landowners we spoke with were concerned with lowering the impact their lawn care had on the stream and the environment in general while still maintaing a nice looking lawn.  Low-impact lawn care utilizes practices like soil testing, water cons ...

  5. Backyard Conservation

    https://ohiowatersheds.osu.edu/resources/human-dimensions/mental-models/basic-stream-and-watershed-ecology-lesson-plans/backyard-conservation

    Many of the landowners we interviewed enjoyed viewing wildlife in and around the stream on their property.   Backyard Conservation is a term used by the Natural Resources Conservation Service that refers to a suite of practices (e.g., planting trees) that ...

  6. Stream Buffers

    https://ohiowatersheds.osu.edu/resources/human-dimensions/mental-models/basic-stream-and-watershed-ecology-lesson-plans/stream-buffers

    Stream buffers are unmowed areas along streams with appropriate streamside vegetation growing, preferably native trees and other plants. The width can vary according to available space and homeowner preference (5 feet, 10 feet or more). As a general rule, ...

  7. Little Miami Watershed Network

    https://ohiowatersheds.osu.edu/groups/little-miami-watershed-network

    Little Miami Clark, Greene, Warren, Clinton, Montgomery, Hamilton, Brown Hope Taft and Mike Schumacher Co-Founders P.O. Box 23 Bellbrook, OH 45305 (937) 848-2993 or (937) 901-8758 lmwatershednetwork@gmail.com https://www.facebook.com/LittleMiamiWatershedN ...

  8. 2016 Ohio Watershed Academy

    https://ohiowatersheds.osu.edu/events/2016-ohio-watershed-academy

    The Ohio Watershed Academy (OWA) is a professional development course offered by Ohio State University Extension. The purpose of OWA is to build the capacity of current and future watershed group leaders in Ohio to facilitate and participate effectively i ...

  9. Lead

    https://ohiowatersheds.osu.edu/node/1520

    GENERAL INFORMATION Lead is a toxic metal that was used for many years in products found in and around homes. Even at low levels, lead may cause a range of health effects including behavioral problems and learning disabilities. Children, six years old and ...

  10. Zinc

    https://ohiowatersheds.osu.edu/node/1527

    GENERAL INFORMATION Zinc is an essential trace metal with very low toxicity in humans. Zinc can occur naturally in drinking water. Zinc contamination can result from corrosion of galvanized pipes by soft, acidic water. Zinc is used in fertilizers and may ...

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