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Residential Environmental Resources

Conservation Stewards volunteers discussing shoreline managementMichigan is home to a wonderful diverse set of environmental resources.  The Home*A*Syst assessment guide contains essential topics that every homeowner or resident should understand.  These resources will help you identify risks to your family's health or pollution threats to the environment around your home and property.

Home*A*Syst (Chapters 1-12)
Potential pollution sources in and around the home can affect the health of your family, community and environment.  Home*A*Syst is a self-assessment guide you can use to evaluate your home and property for pollution and health risks.  After identifying potential risks, you will learn how to better manage your home and property as well as take preventive actions to safeguard your health and the environment.  Home*A*Syst covers 12 different environmental topics.  Individual chapters are listed below.

Lawn*A*Syst
A self-assessment guide that will help you to identify proper lawn care techniques that will help you achieve your lawn care objectives and protect groundwater and surface water resources.

Groundwater: Everyone's Resource/Everyone's Responsibility
Everyone depends on a safe, reliable drinking water supply -- both groundwater and surface water.  Learn what groundwater is and what you can do to protect it.

Managing Your Septic System 
This convenient record file folder contains information that will help you manage your septic system.  It also provides a place to record and store vital information about your system.  It should be kept with other documents about your home and property.

Managing Shoreline Property to Protect Water Quality
Riparians have a special role in preventing contamination of their water resources.  Special areas of concern include managing household wastewater, caring for the lawn and garden, and managing stormwater around the home.

 

For further information, please contact MSU Extension-Oakland County, 248-858-0887.

  

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