Partners for Healthy Watersheds
A recognition program for businesses and organizations in Richland County that value clean water.
Clean water means healthy communities and a healthy economy. Drinking water comes from lakes and rivers, so keeping them clean is essential to healthy employees and families. Lakes and rivers attract people to our area for fishing, boating, swimming and other outdoor recreation. In urban areas, water resources provide a scenic backdrop for shopping and dining.
When rain falls on urban areas, it picks up pollutants, such as oil, gasoline and litter, from streets and parking lots, fertilizer and pesticides from lawns and landscapes, soap, chemicals, cooking grease, and other contaminants poured on the ground or into storm drains. Rain water runs into storm drains or ditches, which carry the water along with pollutants to nearby streams, rivers, and lakes.
By making simple changes and educating employees, businesses can greatly reduce the amount of pollution coming from their properties.