Protect your investment; winterize your rain barrels. Start by draining the water before freezing temperatures arrive. Disconnect all hoses (and get the ones attached to your house while you’re out.) Disconnect the barrel from your downspout- seal up the connection with a stopper and re-direct the downspout away from the foundation of your house. Clean any debris from the filter and the barrel. Finally, store your barrel upside-down to prevent snowmelt from accumulating inside.
America Recycles Day is a day to educate and encourage individuals to be more mindful of what they consume. They want us to know where and how to properly recycle and to commit to recycle more often. Contact our Clean Community Systemto participate and Visit Keep America Beautiful to participate.
Are leaves hanging around your block in the gutter? If you need a break from the rake and want the street sweeper to come pick them up, be sure to make the request before it rains- sweepers aren’t equipped for wet conditions. This would be like trying to use your regular vacuum to pick up compost. Find more about our street department and what they do for you!
The people working on a construction site are a first line of defense for our rivers. Good work practices keep dirt, chemicals, and trash out of our streets and storm sewers. View the EPA’s guide to federal requirements to make sure you are doing what you can on the job to keep costs down and the site clean.
Our local car wash facilities take extra steps to ensure the dirt/salt/fluids from your vehicle are handled responsibly. They use less water than you would at home. The soapy, dirty water is sent to the wastewater treatment plant for cleaning before it hits the waterways.
Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) is any substance containing ingredients that could negatively affect your safety, health or the environment. Alerting words found on hazardous products include:
They can be found on a wide range of products in and around the home, including:
Another hazardous property you may see on a label is reactive. This means the product contains chemicals that, if combined with certain other substances, could result in hazardous reactions such as gaseous emissions or explosions.
Imagine a Day Without Water is a national education campaign to highlight just how essential, invaluable, and in need of investment our water infrastructure really is. Just imagine: you couldn’t flush, hospitals couldn’t operate, and farmers couldn’t water their crops. For more: https://imagineadaywithoutwater.org
If your dog can do this, you might be able to win one of those reality talent shows on TV. Please clean up after your pet. Any stool left on the pavement is “flushed” down the storm drain and ends up in our lakes and streams.
If a lake had even one “floater” in it, would you get in?