JACKSON, Wyo. — The Jackson Hole Clean Water Coalition invites landscaping, lawn care, and other interested businesses to a FREE online workshop on Trout Friendly Lawn Practices—Tuesday, April 28 from 8:30-10:30 a.m. Registration required to attend.
New this year, the JH Clean Water Coalition launched the Trout Friendly Landscaper & Business Partner Certification Program to help lawn care and landscaping professionals meet the growing demand for Trout Friendly services and promote Trout Friendly businesses.
A recent study by the U.S. Geological Survey found that residential landscaping is one of the major sources of nutrient pollution in the Fish Creek watershed — 66,000 pounds of nitrogen are applied to lawns and parks in this watershed annually. Other parts of Jackson Hole are seeing nutrient loading issues as well.
By making small changes to landscaping practices, the community as a whole can collectively improve water quality for the plants, people and wildlife that rely on clean water.
Here are four easy trout friendly practices that will greatly reduce your lawn’s impact on water quality.
- Limit fertilization. Use slow-release or organic fertilizer only if needed, not to exceed two pounds of nitrogen per 1,000 square feet of yard per year. Do not fertilize within 20 feet of water.
- Be water wise. Sprinkle your lawn with water at dawn or dusk every other day and don’t water while it’s raining. Raise your mower blade height to three to four inches so that less water and fertilizer are needed.
- Plant natives and maintain streamside buffers. Maintain a five-foot buffer of unmanicured landscaping around water to act as a natural filter between lawns and water bodies.
- Use herbicides and pesticides appropriately. Only apply herbicide for state and county listed noxious weeds, using spot spraying or mechanical removal techniques where appropriate. Contact Teton County Weed & Pest District for invasive species management information.
To learn more, register for the free online workshop on Tuesday, April 28 from 8:30-10:30 a.m. Encourage your landscaper or landscaping friends to attend the free online training. As a homeowner, you can also self-certify at jhcleanwater.org/troutfriendly
The JH Clear Water Coalition is a group of agencies and organizations, including Teton Conservation District, Trout Unlimited, Protect Our Water JH, Teton County Weed & Pest District, the Jackson Hole Land Trust, Snake River Fund, The Nature Conservancy in Wyoming, Ducks Unlimited, PAWS of Jackson Hole, and the Flat Creek Water Improvement District, working together to protect water quality in Jackson Hole.