Happy Earth Day! The annual day is dedicated to raising awareness of our planet’s environment. In honor of Earth Day this month, we’ve compiled a list of tips to help keep the environmentally healthy.
- Clean up after your pets. Leaving pet waste on the ground allows harmful bacteria and nutrients to wash into storm drains and eventually into Columbia’s streams and lakes. Remember to pick up waste and dispose of it properly. Flushing pet waste is the best disposal method.
- Recycle rainwater. Take the rain that collects in downspouts and gutters and disperse it throughout your yard. Water that runs from downspouts into the storm drain or onto a hard surface reduces infiltration of rainwater into the ground. By using a downspout extension, such as tubing or a downspout diverter, rainwater can be used to water gardens and trees.
- Wash your car at a car wash. Commercial car washes must treat the soapy water so that is has less impact on water quality. If you wash your car at home, use only biodegradable cleaning products, as they will eventually wash into the Columbia watershed and affect our lakes, streams and ponds.
For more information and tips to protect Columbia’s waterways, visit ColumbiaWatershed.org.