Invite your neighbors and residents of the community to come and remove litter and other debris from your local stream or lake. Contact your local Clean Communities Coordinator for information on how to organize a cleanup. This activity can be followed by a picnic or other activities so that the event is fun as well as useful.
Storm Drain Labeling
Encourage students or youth organizations (e.g., scouts and watershed groups) to label storm drains in order to raise awareness that what goes down the storm drain goes into local waterways. Stenciling or using manufactured plastic or metal markers with text such as "Drains to Lake" helps get the message out.
Plan boating or canoe trips to get to know your stream. These are also useful to enlighten local officials and the press about the value of your local waterway and concerns about its future.
Community Event Participation
If special events such as fairs and festivals are held in your community, this is an opportunity to reach a new audience by setting up a table to distribute materials or holding some type of educational program or event.
Local School Involvement
Volunteer to speak to local students about nonpoint source pollution and what can be done at a local level. Hold a poster, bumper sticker or essay contest on an NPS or water related theme.
Environmental Education Walks
Invite area experts to participate and share their knowledge about the stream's animal and plant life. Make the event a family occasion and include fishing, swimming and hiking as appropriate.
Water Quality Monitoring
Monitoring water quality can provide valuable information about the health of the waterway and also serves as an educational tool for students and the community.
Monitor Soil Erosion
Some community groups have actively monitored agricultural and construction sites for violation of State laws relating to erosion and soil loss.
Adopt a Street Program
You can encourage residents to adopt a road or street for regular cleaning and maintenance. The NJDOT has a similar program called "Adopt a Highway." Your communities can start something similar to this on a local level.