monarch on milkweed

Monarch on milkweed.

We encourage landowners to practice backyard conservation to minimize stormwater runoff and runoff pollution, provide wildlife habitat, and improve soil health and landscaping aesthetics.

Runoff from rainwater and snowmelt enter storm drains, carrying pollutants from lawn fertilizers, pesticides and vehicle fluids directly to ditches, streams and rivers. With the amount of impervious surfaces (roads, rooftops, driveways, sidewalks, parking lots) increasing, stormwater can cause serious property damage and flooding.

Common backyard conservation practices include: rain gardens, rain barrels or cisterns, native plantings, mulching, drip irrigation, pervious surfaces, dry streambeds, appropriate use of landscaping chemicals, soil testing, integrated pest management, streamside buffers, composting and green roofs. The menu to the right offers more information on each practice.

We offer backyard conservation workshops spring through fall at our office and in various locations throughout Franklin County. Visit for the latest workshop details.

Some communities offer their landowners backyard conservation cost-share opportunitiesĀ  that we administer. To see if you live within a participating community, click here.