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The Green Life: Summer Sports Week: Paddlesports

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July 23, 2009

Summer Sports Week: Paddlesports

Protect lakes and rivers Time spent enjoying the outdoors recharges your spirit and gives you further motivation to protect the planet. This week, we'll provide tips for keeping your summer athletic activities green.

Tip #4: Protect Your Playground

If your ideal getaway is to paddle a pristine river or float on a clear lake, remember to protect paradise when you're back at home. Stormwater runoff from yards, driveways, and sidewalks drains into local lakes, rivers, and bays. Excessive amounts of fertilizer, lawn clippings, and animal waste can upset the balance of marine ecosystems. Oil, hazardous chemicals, plastic, and pharmaceuticals can wreak havoc on fish and birds. Check out our tips for keeping top offenders out of the water. Join a river cleanup event or get involved with the Sierra Club's Water Sentinels program.

Share your tips: How do you fight water pollution?

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