What is happening in our pilot communities?
A main purpose of
these "Pilot Communities" pages is to share news from communities
participating in the Healthy Ecosystems / Healthy Communities
project, as well as
celebrate the progress they are making.
In addition, the
right-hand column of each page will be devoted to important
documents and other resources your community can use in its assessment and
project planning efforts.
community pages can be accessed below or from the left sidebar:
There are many ways homeowners,
businesses, and agricultural producers can help protect their
water quality and keep their land from eroding away by just
changing the WAY things are done. These new ways of doing things
are often referred to as “best management practices” or BMPs.
Many of us use BMPs often like when we get groceries on the way
home to save gasoline, or we turn off the lights when we leave a
room to conserve electricity. BMPs that protect water are just
as easy; they just involve doing things a little differently!
Below are a few BMPs we can use to
reduce contaminants that affect water quality.
Animal waste contributes to water
pollution when it is left uncovered and is improperly stored
near small streams and storm drains. Soiled bedding and manure
from pets and livestock should be collected on a daily basis. It
can be stored in sturdy, insect resistant, seepage-free units
such as plastic garbage cans with lids, composters, and pits or
trenches lined with an impermeable layer. This composted bedding
and manure can be used in your own garden or flowerbed, or given
away to local greenhouses in your community as a natural and
Check your car, boat, motorcycle
and other machinery and farm equipment for leaks and spills
often. Make repairs as soon as possible and clean up spilled
fluids with an absorbent material such as kitty litter or sand.
Do not rinse the spills into a nearby storm drain. Recycle used
oil and other automotive fluids at participating service
stations. Do not dump these chemicals down the storm drain or
dispose of them in your trash.
Whenever possible, purchase and
use nontoxic, biodegradable, recycled, and recyclable products.
Make sure your trash is properly anchored down so it cannot
topple over easily and ensure it always remains covered. Trash
and debris from household use can easily travel to a nearby
storm drain causing not only an eye soar, but also storm water
contamination and clogging of storm drains. Pick up trash and
recycle within your community as often as possible.