Going to the Car Wash

Did you know that when we hand wash cars on a paved surface, all the detergents, chemicals, and dirt coming off the car head straight to local waterways? Impervious surfaces such as blacktop, concrete, or cement do not allow water to infiltrate them; instead, they usher water to the nearest ditch or storm drain. Therefore,Continue reading “Going to the Car Wash”

National Water Quality Month

National Water Quality Month was created to help remind us that freshwater is a finite resource, and without it, life as we know it would not exist. In Allen County, it is easy to forget how precious freshwater is when it is so easy to find and is so celebrated. Fort Wayne has won BestContinue reading “National Water Quality Month”

Independent Yards

Have you seen water running off a lawn, down the sidewalk, or creating puddles in a yard? Did you know that these are signs of a lawn being overwatering or watered too quickly? Overwatering may mean more than wasted water; it can lead to degraded water quality in local waterways. When water leaves a yard,Continue reading “Independent Yards”

Grasscycling: Better for Water Quality

Each year the average homeowner will spend approximately 70 hours maintaining their lawns to achieve their ideal space. Time is spent apply fertilizer to make grass greener and thicker, then time is spent cutting and bagging clippings because the grass is too tall. Then water is added to make sure the grass stays green, which means itContinue reading “Grasscycling: Better for Water Quality”

Keep Grass Clippings Off the Street

With April showers comes May (and for the rest of the growing season) mowing. As a homeowner, I prescribe to this ritual like many others, but as a water educator, seeing grass clippings being bagged or on the street/sidewalk drives me crazy!   My first summer in my position, I went on a walk after workContinue reading “Keep Grass Clippings Off the Street”

Improve Health of Waterways, Plant Native Plants

This spring has brought many unique challenges, but it has also allowed us to slow down. Allen County Partnership for Water Quality is interested in helping water do the same by creating water-friendly landscaping. This concept sounds like it could be challenging, but it can be as simple as picking native plants for your gardens.Continue reading “Improve Health of Waterways, Plant Native Plants”

51st Earth Day

It’s the 51st Earth Day! Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson founded Earth Day on April 22nd, 1970. He strategically chose late April for the first Earth Day due to it being in-between spring break and finals for college students. College students seemed to be the ideal candidates to stand against environmental pollution due to their anti-warContinue reading “51st Earth Day”