Earth Calendar for August 12th and August 13th
A typical city block generates more than five times as much rainwater runoff as a forested area of the same size. This is because rooftops and pavement don’t allow water grasslands do. Instead, rainwater runs off pavement into the nearest storm drain, where it’s transported to local streams, rivers and eventually the ocean.
On its way to the storm drain, rainwater picks up pollutants like oil, antifreeze, pet waste, fertilizers and pesticides. In most places, storm water does not get treated, so all of those pollutants end up in local waters. August is National Water Quality Month and there are ways we can protect water quality starting in our own yards. Don’t over-water lawns. Over-watering can increase the flow of fertilizers deep into soils and eventually groundwater supplies, which are an important drinking water source. Walk on your lawn to find out if it is thirsty – if your footprints remain, it is time to water. Wait for dry weather. Check the forecast before applying fertilizers, pesticides and other lawn care chemicals. Put pet waste in the trash and when walking your dog, try to stay away from streams and other waterways. And consider using rain barrels. Rain barrels are a great way to catch rain water off running off of your roof. Instead of flowing to the storm drain, the water collected can be used to water garden plants or wash windows and cars. Be sure to check local regulations before installing a rain barrel – some areas have laws that prohibit them. For more information, please visit the website.
On Our Calendar: Find out what kind of bats and other evening animals live at Fernbank Park while enjoying an evening walk near the banks of the Ohio River Friday, August 16th, 8:30 pm. More information at the website.