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”

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”

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”

Grasscycling: Better for Water Quality

Each year the average homeowner will spend approximately 70 hours maintaining their lawns to achieve their ideal space. Time is spent apply fertilizer to make grass greener and thicker, then time is spent cutting and bagging clippings because the grass is too tall. Then water is added to make sure the grass stays green, which means itContinue reading “Grasscycling: Better for Water Quality”

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”