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Help Protect Water Quality

You can do your part to help protect Leon County's water resources by following these three recommendations:

Observe and Explore Local Water Resources
Leon County residents are surrounded by thousands of acres of public lands that offer a wide variety of opportunities to enjoy the great outdoors. The following links provide information on public lands in and around Leon County:

Leon County Parks and Recreation Department
City of Tallahassee Parks, Recreation, and Neighborhood Affairs Department
Northwest Florida Water Management District
Florida State Parks
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
Florida Forest Service
United States Forest Service

Learn about Water Quality Issues
Visit our Water Quality Issues and Water Quality Data pages for Leon County specific information and browse the following links to learn more about water quality issues impacting the state and nation.

EPA's Nutrient Pollution Website (EPA)
Protecting Water Quality from Urban Runoff (EPA)
National Water-Quality Assessment Program (USGS)
Watersheds - Function and Management (University of Florida [UF] Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences [IFAS])
Stormwater Management for Floridians (FDEP)
**For Kids** Watercycle Coloring Activity (FDEP)

My Waterway - Free Mobile App (EPA)
Swim Guide - Free Mobile App (EPA)

Practice Behaviors to Improve Water Quality
Now that you have explored our tremendous water resources and learned how they are being impacted by a variety of pollutants, you are ready to do your part to reduce the amount of pollutants entering our waterways. Feel free to look over the following tips and recommendations for ways you can do your part around your home, office, and neighborhood.

Household Chemicals
Stormwater Do's and Don'ts (EPA)

Lawn and Garden
Stormwater Do's and Don'ts (EPA)
Guide to Florida-Friendly Landscaping (FDEP, UF-IFAS, SWFWMD)

Septic Systems
Stormwater Do's and Don'ts (EPA)

Water Conservation
Stormwater Do's and Don'ts (EPA)

Clean Ocean Action's 10 Tips for Drivers

Clean Ocean Action's 10 Tips for Pet Owners

Stormwater Do's and Don'ts (EPA)

Protecting Fish Habitat - A Guide for Fishermen and Boaters (EPA)
Clean Ocean Action's 10 Tips for Anglers