Thank you to Westchester County Legislator Francis Corcoran and Rob Astorino, Westchester County Executive, for awarding The Great Healthy Yard Project the Westchester County Soil and Water Conservation Award. Hopefully this will make more people aware of the project and informed that the choices they make in their yards can make a big difference in our water quality. This is so important in Westchester NY where the northern part of the county stewards the New York City Croton Watershed, and the southern part of the County stewards the Long Island Sound Watershed. Much of the county is also in the watershed for the Hudson River. Not using synthetic chemicals on our yards and not disposing of pharmaceuticals down the drain keeps these chemicals our of our waterways, out of our drinking water, and out of our fish.
I pledge to take care of my yard without synthetic pesticides, weedkillers and fertilizers except on rare occasions to resolve an infestation or to improve habitat for native plants and wildlife. I also pledge not to throw pharmaceuticals or chemicals down my drains or toilets.