Planting Trees for Cleaner Stormwater

Stormwater is water that used to soak into the ground and become ground water prior to development but runs off of impervious surfaces, collecting pollutants until it ultimately enters our surface waters.  These pollutants include trash, chemicals, sediment, and oils among many others.  Population growth and development rates are increasing the amount of pollutions and…

What is Stormwater?

Stormwater is water that used to soak into the ground and become ground water prior to development but runs off of impervious surfaces, collecting pollutants until it ultimately enters our surface waters.  These pollutants include trash, chemicals, sediment, and oils among many others.  Stormwater runoff is usually not treated prior to discharge, so these pollutants…

Sensbile Salting Practices: Tips at Home

Sensible salting practices can reduce environmental impacts from salting operations and save your community.  Simple changes in the amount and ways we salt can make a big difference. Environmental Impacts – Road salt (sodium chloride) negatively impacts our soil, water, vegetation, and wildlife.  It can destroy soil stability and decrease the soil’s ability to store…

Sensible Salting Practices for Communities

Sensible salting practices can reduce environmental impacts from salting operations and save your community.  Simple changes in the amount and ways we salt can make a big difference. Environmental Impacts – Road salt (sodium chloride) negatively impacts our soil, water, vegetation, and wildlife.  It can destroy soil stability and decrease the soil’s ability to store…

Importance of Protecting Riparian Areas

Land bordering streams, rivers, wetlands, ponds, and lakes are known as riparian areas and provide a number of benefits to ecosystems and society.  Riparian areas serve as a transitional zone from aquatic to terrestrial habitats and characteristics.  With increasing loss of riparian areas, communities are experiencing reduced water quality, reduced wildlife and fish populations, property…

Rain Gardens

Stormwater is water that used to soak into the ground and become ground water prior to development but runs off of impervious surfaces, collecting pollutants until it ultimately enters our surface waters.  These pollutants include trash, chemicals, sediment, and oils among many others.  Population growth and development rates are increasing the amount of pollutions and…

Rain Barrels and Cisterns

Stormwater is water that used to soak into the ground and become ground water prior to development but runs off of impervious surfaces, collecting pollutants until it ultimately enters our surface waters.  These pollutants include trash, chemicals, sediment, and oils among many others.  Population growth and development rates are increasing the amount of pollutions and…

Importance of Protecting Green Space

Preserving natural ecosystems has many benefits.  Healthy watersheds provide services like water filtration and storage, air filtration, carbon storage, nutrient cycling, soil formation, recreational value, food, and timber.  Yet our society is becoming increasingly disconnected from nature.  Every day, we lose 4,000 acres of green space to development, and this amount is only expected to…

Why Plant Native?

Stormwater is water that used to soak into the ground and become ground water prior to development but runs off of impervious surfaces, collecting pollutants until it ultimately enters our surface waters.  These pollutants include trash, chemicals, sediment, and oils among many others.  Population growth and development rates are increasing the amount of pollutions and…

Bioretention Areas

Stormwater is water that used to soak into the ground and become ground water prior to development but runs off of impervious surfaces, collecting pollutants until it ultimately enters our surface waters.  These pollutants include trash, chemicals, sediment, and oils among many others.  Population growth and development rates are increasing the amount of pollutions and…