Unless you live near the ocean, you may not give marine ecosystems much thought.  They are so far away and don’t really impact your day to day life, so why would you think about them on a regular basis?  Well, did you know that even living in the middle of the country, you could still have an impact on marine life?

No matter where you live, your home’s wastewater will eventually become a part of the oceans.  With such a far reaching impact, you should take a moment every now and then to consider what you can do to limit the negative impact of your home’s wastewater on marine wildlife.

1.    Conserve water – Water covers most of our planet’s surface; but drinkable, usable water is a precious and less prevalent commodity.  One way to drastically improve your impact on marine life is to limit your water usage.  Turn off the faucets when not in use.  Only wash full loads of clothes or dishes.  Small conservation steps can make a big difference.

2.    Be careful with fertilizers – Fertilizer runoff has caused an increase in the algal growth in the ocean.  Algae depletes the oxygen levels creating ever growing areas where other plants and animals cannot live.  Be sure to carefully follow packaging instructions when applying fertilizer to your yard.

3.    Avoid household chemicals – The average home has a plethora of toxic concoctions.  Try replacing your typical household cleaners with a greener, more eco-friendly version.

4.    Properly dispose of medications – If you find expired medications as you are cleaning out the medicine cabinet, do not flush them down the toilet.  Instead, take them to a pharmacy for proper disposal.

5.    Properly dispose of motor oil – As with medications, do not dispose of motor oil by pouring it down the drain.  Be responsible, and take the time to properly dispose of used oil.