Earth Calendar for April 6th and 7th

Apr 6, 2012

Cleaning products like soaps and detergents keep our clothes, dishes and floors looking their best but some of the chemicals found in these products may impact water quality in our streams and rivers. Many soaps and detergents uses phosphates as cleansers. Detergents are soaps made from synthetic materials and have a long history of being loaded with phosphates which help boost their cleaning power. However phosphates my mave harmful effects on rivers, lakes, streams and other sources of fresh water. The result of high phosphate levels in fresh water is an explosion of growth by algae, turning normally clear water green and cloudy. This will make the water smell bad and make it unsuitable for swimming. An easy way to protect water quality in local freshwater sources is to look for soaps and detergents that are phosphate-free. Always use the directed amount of soap, detergent or cleanser and only run the washing machine or dishwasher when there is a full load.

On Our Calendar
The Hamilton County Park District is celebrating 25 years of keeping Winton Woods beautiful! On Saturday, April 14th, volunteers of all ages are invited to join the Forest Park Environmental Awareness Program in this year's Winton Woods Cleanup. Registration begins at 8:30 am and the cleanup goes from 9:00 am until 12:00 pm, rain or shine. For mpore information call (513) 521-7275 or visit the Hamilton Count Parks website.