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”

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”