Bring Conservation Home--Water Conservation

Here in St. Louis, at the confluence of the two greatest rivers on the continent with a seemingly endless supply of water, we often do not think about the active role we have in determining the quantity and quality of our water.
Still, the way in which we manage our own landscape can have a significant impact on both.

Lawn irrigation can be the single, largest use of water in the typical suburban home-from 20-50% of all household use and as much as 10,000 gallons of water a year. In contrast, native plant landscapes of shrubs, trees and wildflowers that are adapted to our climate typically require no supplemental watering once they are established. That means real savings on your water bill, and more water is retained in the rivers for wildlife and downstream communities.

In a natural landscape, rainfall runoff is filtered and cleansed by the vegetation and the soil as gravity pulls it toward the rivers or into the groundwater. However, in a typical developed landscape, the natural filters have been removed, and rainfall collects trash, oils, grass clippings, fertilizers and other chemicals as it rushes off our many hard surfaces into the creeks and rivers. A typical city block generates nine times as much runoff as a similar sized chunk of woodland, and even a suburban lot can produce three times as much runoff as the natural landscape.

There are many, often simple, ways for you to improve the quality of the rainfall that runs off your property-ultimately improving the quality of the water in our rivers for us and the environment. The Bring Conservation Home technicians will provide you with suggestions appropriate for your landscape on their site visit. For additional info, check out some of the links we provided below.

Reduce/eliminate pesticide use

Replace standard driveways or sidewalks with pervious pavement or pavers

Consider a green roof installation

Plant large canopy trees for wildlife and to slow the rain

Build a rain garden

Install a rain barrel and such

General water quality information


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SLAS Events


    • 2017 Cathleen Creley Conservation Grant more info
    • Bring Conservation Home Volunteer Training more info
    • Register for Hog Island Audubon Camp more info
    • Bring Conservation Home feature in Times newspapers more info
    • St. Louis Audubon turns 100 more info
    • Missouri Legislators Propose Overhaul of State Conservation Dept more info
    • SLAS Announces 2014 Annual Appeal more info
    • Audubon Birds and Climate Change Report more info
    • Get Involved in SLAS Conservation more info
    • SLAS Volunteers Assist with Purple Martin Leg Banding--Post Dispatch more info
    • Open pipes are found to be death traps for birds more info