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”

Thankful to be Water Secure

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. I love that the morning gets to start with an outdoor 4-mile run (because yes, we are that family) that allows me to get an insane amount of food for the rest of the day. I love that my entire family gets together, and I get to see five generationsContinue reading “Thankful to be Water Secure”

Household Hazardous Waste Disposal

Allen County Partnership for Water Quality (ACPWQ) is reminding all residents to properly dispose of household hazardous waste (HHW). Did you know that the average Hoosier household contains between 3 to 10 gallons of hazardous waste? If this waste is not disposed of properly, it can contaminate our rivers, lakes, and streams while also posing aContinue reading “Household Hazardous Waste Disposal”

Leaves Might Not Be the Only Thing Dropping This Fall

On the ½ acre of land that our house sits on, we have ten large trees (three evergreens and seven deciduous) with an additional three deciduous trees that we share with our neighbor. As you can imagine, our yard quickly can become overrun with fall leaves, and usually does by mid-October. Historically, my husband hasContinue reading “Leaves Might Not Be the Only Thing Dropping This Fall”