October 18-24, 2020Communities across Ohio are urging residents to “Be the Change for Clean Water” and take action during Stormwater Awareness Week, October 18-24, 2020.
Stormwater Awareness Week offers all Ohioans an opportunity to learn how they can take small actions to make a big impact on protecting our surface waters, including lakes and streams, and groundwater. While rainwater is great for lawns and gardens, it can be detrimental for streams and rivers. Stormwater can carry common household items – such as trash, lawn fertilizer, or paint- into local waterways, threatening our environment and clean drinking water. During Stormwater Awareness Week, Soil and Water Conservation Districts 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.
- Test your soil before applying fertilizer to your lawn, and then if you need fertilizer, use only organic fertilizers. This will prevent algae blooms and help your pocketbook too.
- 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 benefitting birds, butterflies, bees, and other pollinators.
- Plant a tree in your yard or install a rain garden. A mature Scarlet Maple with a diameter of 24 " can soak up 3,267 gallons of rainwater annually and well-designed Raingardens are effective in removing up to 90 percent of nutrients and chemicals, and up to 80 percent of sediment from the storm water runoff. Compared to a conventional lawn, rain gardens allow for 30 percent more water to soak into the ground.
There is so much we can do for Clean Water in Ohio. Please take a moment at home and at work during the week of October 18th – 24th, to make your family and co-workers aware of what they can do to make Ohio a great place to live, work and play.