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Keep it for Rain OnlyWhat is the storm drain connection.

We depend on storm drains and sewers, drainage ditches and culverts to keep our streets from flooding during storms. Yet, these devices also direct polluted and untreated rainwater straight into our local waterways.

You can do your part to protect the Huron River.  It’s Easy!

Begin by understanding where pollution comes from. Over 50% of the pollution that impacts our water supply occurs when heavy rains or snowmelts — called runoff — wash over land and carry contaminants from our everyday activities into the nearest waterway. Things like phosphorus in lawn fertilizers, pesticides, spilled household cleaners or auto fluids, pet waste, road salt, and more qualify as pollutants.

Watershed Community Calendar 2013 Insert

Want to keep displaying the fabulous photos from your 2012 Watershed Community Calendar? These are 2013 month/day/date insert pages for you to print at home. You supply the scissors and tape!

Watershed Community Survey

Results are in on a recent survey of public attitudes about the quality of local water resources and stormwater impacts in Washtenaw and Livingston counties. Find out more and download the survey report or appendices.

Prevent Water Pollution

From disposing of prescription drugs through a ”take back” program or choosing phosphorus-free lawn fertilizer, to picking up pet waste or maintaining your septic system, there are many ways to make a difference. Here are a few of our favorites.

Capture, Infiltrate and Clean Rainwater

Preventing or slowing the surging erosive flows of polluted water that happen when rain falls on hard surfaces such as roads, parking lots and rooftops is also part of the solution.

Save Water, Save Energy

Using water efficiently and using less of it saves energy, saves money and reduces carbon emissions. Help mitigate global warming impacts to the Huron River with tips and tools for using water wisely.

Get Involved in Community Decision-Making

Because the quality of the Huron River is directly impacted by the amount of hard surfaces around it, encourage higher density development where infrastructure already exists, and prioritize protecting natural areas that provide the ecological services necessary to maintain clean water.




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