Take Action to Make our Rivers Healthy

Stewardship means taking action to protect something you care about. As you explore and play on the Sudbury, Assabet, and Concord Rivers, become a river steward and do your part to help them stay healthy and beautiful.

How you can make a difference!

Conserve Water: Water Use Calculator

  • Don't leave the sink running while you brush your teeth
  • Take shorter showers
  • Make sure the dishwasher and closes washer are full before running them
  • If you are washing dishes by hand, don't let the water run
  • Install water efficient faucets and shower heads
  • Check all water fixtures for leaks, and fix or replace all faucets that leak
    Perform a dye test to see if your toilets are leaking. To check if a toilet is leaking, remove the cover from the tank and add a couple drops of food coloring. Wait 5 minutes (without using the toilet), If any of the dye has entered the bowling that time, your toilet is leaking!
  • Don't over-water your lawn!
  • If you must irrigate, plan to water just one day a week and obey town water restrictions.
  • if you have a swimming pool, use a cover to cut the loss of water by evaporation by 90%
  • Place rain barrels underneath your downspouts. The rainwater can be used for plants and trees, or to wash a car.
  • Mulch around plants to reduce evaporation and save hundreds of gallons of water a year.
  • Use a broom instead of a hose to clean your driveway, sidewalks, and decks.

Prevent Stormwater Pollution:

    What is stormwater pollution?
  • When rain or melting snow picks up trash or chemicals, that's stormwater pollution. It's the fastest growing type of water pollution in Massachusetts. 
    Why do we care?
  • Stormwater pollution fouls our lakes, rivers, and streams. That's bad news for our water supplies and outdoor activities -- and also for the fish and wildlife that live there.
    What you can do? Learn more about what you can do about stormwater pollution
  • Clean up pet waste and through it in the trash to prevent harmful bacteria from washing into local waterways.
  • Use a rain barrell to capture roof runoff
  • Reduce lawn watering
  • Wash your car on the lawn
  • Reduce fertiizers and pesticides

In Your Community

  • Join your watershed organization
  • Become a Citizen Scientist and join the water quality monitoring team
  • Help remove invasive plants from the rivers
  • Participate in river cleanups
  • Practice Leave No Trace (LNT) Learn the 7 Principles
  • Let your local politicians know that they should protect our rivers!


What three things will you do to protect our rivers this summer? Make them a habit!
Let us know what you are doing and why you chose them. Email summerquestprogram@gmail.com.




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