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”

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”

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”

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”

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”

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”