Stream-Friendly Designation Questionnaire The Maurice River Watershed has remarkable water quality, abundant open space, and plentiful biodiversity: no small feat for a region in America’s most densely populated state. However, poor land-use practices can compromise the health of the watershed. When the workings of a watershed are impaired, it causes serious problems: flooding water shortages surface run-off soil erosion change in water flow water contamination invasion by exotic plants loss of habitat property damage from storm surges The condition of streams and rivers is a reflection of the diverse land uses within the watershed. Land management decisions made on residential properties ultimately impact the health of the entire river basin and community. Poor land use leads to dirtier water, less water, and damaged habitats, while good land use has positive impacts on: water quality water regeneration healthy habitat This Stream-Friendly Designation Application provides active Maurice River Watershed stewards a way to have their best management practices recognized. Maybe you are already implementing eco-friendly management practices on your property and are looking to expand upon them, or maybe you are just getting started and need some ideas. Regardless of your current stewardship level, continue reading to learn how your property can earn Stream-Friendly designation. Respond "yes" or "no" to whether you have included the actions from the following list into your management routine. Each yes answer is the equivalent of one stewardship point, while no responses represent opportunities to expand on your best management practices. Applicant Name(s) Property Address City E-mail Phone Eligibility Do you live within the perimeters of the Maurice River Watershed shown in the below map?YesNoIf you answered yes, your residence or property is eligible for stream-friendly designation. Answer the questions below to apply. 1. Water Conservation Indoors and Outdoors I preserve local drinking water reserves and aquatic habitats by…reducing grass cover and planting native plantsYesNowatering remaining grass on an as-needed basisYesNowatering before 9am or after sunsetYesNochecking in-ground sprinkler direction periodicallyYesNomulching and leaving grass and leaf clippingsYesNoraising lawn mower to 3-4 inches highYesNosweeping instead of using water to clean pathways and drivewaysYesNoharvesting water in a rain barrel and using it to water plantsYesNotaking my vehicle(s) to a car wash that recycles waterYesNoreplacing older fixtures with low-flow modelsYesNorunning only full loads in dish and clothes washersYesNominimizing use of garbage disposal by compostingYesNousing leftover water from boiling to water outdoorsYesNousing tap water and/or a water filter instead of buying bottled waterYesNorefrigerating water instead of running until coolYesNobeing conscious of overall water wasteYesNofixing faucet, pipe, and toilet leaks immediatelyYesNo2. Reducing Water Pollution I reduce the amount of contamination flowing off my property by…replacing impermeable surfaces with porous onesYesNolining impermeable surfaces with depressionsYesNousing landscape contours to keep storm water on my propertyYesNoextending downspouts into garden beds (and/or)YesNousing rain barrels to catch water from downspoutsYesNomaintaining the health of mature trees and extending their longevityYesNoreducing use of fertilizers and pesticides by planting native floraYesNoreducing lawn coverYesNoreducing use of chemical fertilizers by testing soil before deciding on a fertilizer, calibrating spreader before each use, following label instructions, switching to organic alternatives, and cleaning spills immediately (and/or) talking with my lawn service provider about their practices and productsYesNousing integrated pest managementYesNoweeding by hand or using natural herbicides to spot treatYesNocomposting organic waste and using it to enrich soilsYesNoimplementing integrated pest management to combat mosquitoesYesNopicking up pet waste and discarding it in a trash canYesNoavoiding the use of road salts after snowfallYesNomonitoring my septic tank annually and servicing it every 3-5 yearsYesNoreforesting my property with native treesYesNoinstalling a rain gardenYesNo3. Water Quality Protection Indoors Indoors I preserve water quality and wildlife habitat by…using biodegradable personal hygiene productsYesNousing non-toxic home cleaning and care agentsYesNodisposing of medicines at local drop-off pointsYesNodisposing of electronics at county or municipal drop-offsYesNodisposing of hazardous waste at county or municipal hazardous waste drop-offsYesNo4. Creating a Culture of Watershed Stewardship I make a difference for community health by…volunteering or donating to local watershed and environmental organizationsYesNobeing an advocate for water protection with my family and acquaintancesYesNosupporting policies promoting watershed health, preservation of natural areas, and combating climate changeYesNo Time is Up!