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Know the West

From driveways to watersheds

  Suburbs and ranchettes sprouting across the Western landscape often add pollution to already burdened watersheds. Residential pollution comes from oil, pesticides, and fertilizers washed off driveways and yards. The University of Nevada Cooperative Extension in Reno has launched an effort to reduce nonpoint pollution of the Truckee River by educating residents about sources of pollution and ways to conserve water. A 64-page, graphic-packed booklet, Protecting Our Water Resources, provides detailed explanations of how property owners can help maintain good water quality through careful use of pesticides and fertilizers, landscaping to control erosion, maintaining septic systems, and protecting wetlands. A special section addresses one- to 10-acre ranchettes. "We're all part of the problem," says author John Cobourn, "and can all be part of the solution."

Free copies of Protecting Our Water Resources can be obtained from the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension, Box 8208, Incline Village, NY 89452 (702/784-4848).