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”

Illicit Discharge

Car oil, household hazardous waste, and failing septic tanks are just a few of the many contaminants that can pollute our rivers. Any material that is not stormwater that enters a municipal separate storm sewer system (MS4)- such as a storm drain, pipe, or ditch- is defined as an illicit discharge. Illicit discharges happen inContinue reading “Illicit Discharge”

Clothing’s Virtual Water

Turn off the water while brushing your teeth. Take shorter showers. Only wash your clothes if they are dirty. Buy low flow shower faucets and dual flush toilets. Make sure the dishwasher is full before running it. The list goes on and on for ways that you can reduce the amount of water that youContinue reading “Clothing’s Virtual Water”

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”

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”


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