Uncovering the Truth about Rain Gardens

Pollinator gardens. Vegetable gardens. Herb gardens. Cut flower gardens. Native plant gardens. Community gardens. Butterfly gardens. Flower gardens. There are many different garden types in our world. The list above has several well-known concepts, especially over the last few years, when the bee population has declined. During a quarantine summer, I had several friends’ plantContinue reading “Uncovering the Truth about Rain Gardens”

World Water Day

World Water Day has been celebrated internationally since 1993. It is a day to remind us that in 2020, 2.2 billion people still lacked access to safe water. Today, a large focus of this day is Sustainable development Goal 6: water and sanitation for all by 2030. Check out the following ideas for how toContinue reading “World Water Day”

TEST YOUR SOIL

‘Tis the season of lawn prep, so let us talk about the how to fertilize correctly! The first thing to note is no single “cookbook” recipe exists for everyone to get the lawn of his or her dreams; because everyone’s dream lawn looks different. My husband and I are great examples of this.  My dreamContinue reading “TEST YOUR SOIL”

Only Rain Down the Storm Drain

Storm drains. They exist in plain sight along sidewalks, in parking garages, and around parking lots, but where does the water go that enters these systems? The answer: straight into our rivers. As the Water Quality Education Specialist for ACPWQ, I get the pleasure of going out into the public and sharing this message (alongContinue reading “Only Rain Down the Storm Drain”

The Wonders of Wetlands

Historically speaking, we did not always appreciate wetlands. On the contrary, they were drained to create fertile agricultural lands and make way for roads, towns, and homes. However, in the last 50 years, we have come to understand that they are vitally important to a healthy environment. We now know that wetlands help to preventContinue reading “The Wonders of Wetlands”

Scoop the Poop

When thinking about ways to enhance your life, consider making a pledge that will help you improve the health of your pet and water quality. Picking up pet waste is something that is associated with taking a pet on a walk, but have you thought about the feces out in your yard? When was theContinue reading “Scoop the Poop”

Water Matters

Water is an essential part of life that we use daily for hygiene, cooking, and hydration; but water is so much more than that! Some of my favorite memories of my childhood take place at the beach or in the creek behind my parents’ house. Unlike many things, we do not outgrow our love forContinue reading “Water Matters”

Clean Water for Christmas: Creating a Young Advocate

For six years, I have worked in environmental education. I love to talk to anyone who will listen about ways they can positively impact the natural world. Yes, this is my job, but it is also my passion. I don’t clock in and out of caring for a clean natural world. It is who IContinue reading “Clean Water for Christmas: Creating a Young Advocate”

All is Merry and Bright, Keep the Deicers Light

Hot chocolate, Christmas Carols, snow, and ice have once again found themselvescommonplace. ‘Tis the season after all. While enjoying the beauty of our snow-covered city and warmth of family and friends, Allen County Partnership for Water Quality (ACPWQ) would like to challenge residents to make sure that they are keeping local waterways in mind too!Continue reading “All is Merry and Bright, Keep the Deicers Light”