University of Maryland Extension

Earth Friendly - Water

All living organisms need clean water!

The earth recycles water when it evaporates from plants, soil, and bodies of water, rises and forms rain clouds. Rain and melted snow percolate down through the soil, and is then used by plant roots and soil organisms, and is added to groundwater and surface water supplies.

Heavy rainfall can wash fertilizers, pesticides, soil, garbage and toxins from landscapes, driveways, and rooftops, down streets, and into storm drains and bodies of water. Climate change will likely produce more heavy downpours in Maryland, increasing our water pollution risks.

downspout downspout downspout 
Flexible tubing diverting  water from downspouts to be absorbed in yard 

When it comes to stormwater, the links below will help you learn how to
"slow it down, spread it out, and soak it in."

Protecting water and using it wisely is everyone's job!

Stormwater Management

rain barrels rain barrel

Contact the Master Gardener program in your county to see if they are conducting a rain barrel workshop soon. 


Rain Gardens

Well and Septic

Water Conservation and Drought

Permeable Hardscapes


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