Stormwater Awareness: ‘Be the Change for Clean Water’

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(Posted Oct. 17, 2022)

Communities across Ohio are urging residents to “Be the Change for Clean Water” and take action during Stormwater Awareness Week, Oct. 16-22.

Stormwater can push common household items, such as trash, lawn fertilizer, or paint, into local waterways, threatening the environment and clean drinking water. During Stormwater Awareness Week, the Madison Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) and other entities throughout Ohio are urging residents to take one or more of the following actions:

• Pick up trash in your neighborhood or a local park. It can be a family game to see who can fill up a bag first.

• Check the weather report before applying fertilizer to your lawn or any oil or chemicals to driveways and sidewalks. This will protect the environment and your pocketbook.

• Plant native plants that have deep roots, which will help break up clay soil and increase the amount of water remaining on a property while benefiting birds, butterflies and bees.

• Plant a tree in your yard or install a rain garden. Trees can soak up 900 gallons of rain a year, and a well-designed rain garden will almost entirely reduce stormwater runoff from a property.

• If you are a farmer, plant a cover crop in the fall to protect the soil from rainfall and snowmelt over the winter.

“Stormwater Awareness Week offers central Ohioans an opportunity to learn how they can take small actions to make a big impact on protecting their creeks, streams and lakes,” said Julia Cumming, Madison SWCD program administrator. “While rainwater is great for crops, lawns and gardens, polluted stormwater runoff can be dangerous for streams and rivers.”

Call Madison SWCD at (740) 852-4003 for assistance with erosion and drainage concerns caused by stormwater runoff.

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