Educate yourself and become part of the solution. Simple changes can reduce polluted runoff to La Crosse area waters. If you see silt or debris entering a street drain, contaminants entering a stream, a failing silt fence on a construction site, or any other disturbance you believe is contaminating our local waters, call the municipality where it is happening. Or, you can call the La Crosse County Offices. Don’t let the actions of others pollute our local waterways. Be proactive. Make a phone call.
City of La Crosse 608 789-7536
City of Onalaska 608 781-9530
Village of Holmen 608 526-6308
Town of Onalaska 608 790-2800
La Crosse County 608 785-9867
Town of Campbell 608 783-0050
Village of West Salem 608 786-1858
Town of Holland 608 526-3354
Village of Shelby 608 788-1032
Wash your vehicle in the grass.
Park your car in the yard so the water can soak in and be naturally filtered. Better yet, take your car to a car wash where the wastewater is treated.
When you mow, keep grass out of streets.
Yard waste in streets eventually ends up in a local river. It brings nitrogen with it and clouds water, reduces stream depth and damages habitat.
When your pet poops, pick it up.
Clean up pet waste often at home to avoid harmful bacteria soaking into the ground water. When walking your dog, put their waste in a plastic bag, and in the garbage.
Stop using salt in the winter.
When removing ice from driveways and sidewalks, use a calcium magnesium acetate (CMA) deicer. This is about as corrosive as tap water, safe for concrete, biodegradable and requires fewer applications.
Build a Rain Garden
Rain gardens are simple structures that capture water from downspouts, roofs, streets, parking lots, sidewalks and driveways before it can carry pollutants to streams.
When planting, only use native trees and plants.
Trees and deep rooted native plants keep soil in place, absorb water and help rain soak into the soil. This prevent erosion and holds runoff. They also come back year after year.
Rainwater and snowmelt move soil, sand and pollutants to streams. Capture water in rain barrels, rain gardens, cisterns and ponds. Use it in your garden or home.
Minimize Hard Surfaces
Roofs, patios and driveways move water fast, carrying soil, sand and pollutants to streams. Pave less. When you do pave, use gravel, stone, well-spaced bricks, or porous pavers, concrete, or asphalt.