Waterwise Wednesday: A New Part of the Food Chain?

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It’s official, microplastics have invaded the world – including the human body. As microplastics travel through our world’s waterways, they reach the remotest of areas – and people. National Geographic details more…

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/environment/2018/10/news-plastics-microplastics-human-feces/

Waterwise Wednesday: Have a Green Halloween!

Use these tips for a cleaner more environmentally friendly night.

1. Walk, bike, or carpool your trick-or-treating route.

2. Collect treats in a reusable treat bag.

3. Keep candy wrappers or other trash from littering the sidewalk and gutters as you hop from house to house.

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Waterwise Wednesday: Congratulations!

Antelope Creek, which runs through the heart of Lincoln, has been removed from the national list of impaired waters.

Antelope Creek’s E. coli bacteria levels were more than 25 times the water quality standard when it was added to the Clean Water Act list of impaired waters in 2004.

Fifteen stormwater quality improvement projects, two major flood control projects, rain gardens, and permeable pavers have not only cleaned the creek, but made a viable outdoor recreation area with about eleven miles of bike trail.

Photo: Antelope Creek November 2014, L. Sato

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Waterwise Wednesday: Leafy Tips

Precautionary tips since the leaves are falling …

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1. Check and clear the gutters for leaves, if you haven’t already. Leaves can clog both street and building gutters, quickly causing flooding and water damage.

2. Wet leaves can be a slipping or fall hazard on sidewalks and curbs, so move leaves back to the yard or garden from the gutter.

3. Piles of leaves are fun to jump in, but also great habitat for beetles, mites, and other insects – and the animals that feed on them. So look before leaping into the pile.

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Waterwise Wednesday: Preventative Pipe Protection

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As temperatures start dipping into freezing range, use these tips to protect your pipes and pocket book from plumbing repairs.

1. Turn off and drain the  sprinkler systems before the first hard freeze.

2. Disconnect hoses from outdoor faucets and turn off, or drain, the spigot.

3. Winterize unheated or vacant buildings to protect the pipes from freezing and bursting.

4. Insulate water pipes that are vulnerable to the cold.

5. Know the location of your water shut-off valve for your home to prevent water damage if a leak does occur.

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Waterwise Wednesday: Showstopping Colors

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The showcase of colors and texture – it’s one more reason to plant native. Over the next few weeks, the Panhandle will be transforming into a showcase of rich burgundy, reds, yellows, and tans among flowing seed heads, a sign of Fall in the high plains.

 

Photo: Milkweed seed head at East Overland Entryway by L. Sato

Waterwise Wednesday: Wind Down Watering

A cooler forecast heralds the official start of Autumn. Take nature’s cue and wind down lawn watering to once a week. According the Panhandle Bluegrass Calendar, now is the time for broad leaf weed control (like bindweed) too. Since broad leaf weeds stockpile nutrients to their roots in the early Fall, the herbicide is absorbed there too and works more effectively to eradicate the plant.

For more info see: https://extension.unl.edu/stat…/panhandle/turfgrass_calendar

 

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Waterwise Wednesday: Shower Challenge

Can you take a two minute shower? South Africa’s top music artists recorded two-minute versions of some of their most popular songs to help Capetown resident’s stick to recommended two-minute shower. Check out the music and the website to see how well you can soap and sing at the same time.

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TAKE A LISTEN: SA’s biggest artists have cut down their top tracks so you can save water and stick to the recommended shower time of 2 minutes or less during the Cape’s water crisis.

Waterwise Wednesday: Wake up! Our Water Makes Great Coffee

The Panhandle’s hard water makes great coffee. Our hard water contains “sticky” minerals like calcium and magnesium, while the coffee beans contain compounds like citric acid, lactic acid, and eugenol (a compound that adds a “woodsy” taste) that give coffee its distinct flavor and aroma. The minerals stick, or attract, the compounds while brewing providing more flavor to the coffee.

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Waterwise Wednesday: Enjoying the Fruits of the Harvest

Its harvest time for all those rain-barrel-watered garden veggies.

Save water during cooking by rinsing the produce in a large bowl of water and gently scrubbing with a veggie brush. Steam the veggies instead of boiling – it preserves nutrients in addition to water. If you choose to boil, use the minimum amount of water and save it to water plants later.

And to preserve fruits and veggies, eat them in order, starting with the things that will go bad the soonest:

First: bananas, berries, cherries, kiwis, avocado, spinach, lettuce, and grapes

Second: tomatoes, mango, peaches, pears, melon, apricots, and zucchini

Third: cucumbers, pineapple, and pomegranates

Last: carrots, potatoes, celery, apples, grapefruit, and oranges

Photo © Liz Van Steenburgh

 

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