City of Stevens Point property owners may register to win one of two rain barrels assembled by the North Central Wisconsin Stormwater Coalition. Drop off an Entry Form at 300 Bliss Ave. by April 30. Drawing will be held May 1.
• Water and pollutants going into the storm drains on our streets empty directly into the Wisconsin River, Plover River and McDill Pond without being treated.
• 4 quarts of oil can form an 8-acre oil slick if dumped or spilled down a storm drain.
• When it rains, the water washes excess fertilizers, salt, dirt, pesticides and other pollutants into our rivers, causing algae blooms.
• Pet waste contaminates our rivers, lakes and streams with unhealthy levels of bacteria making them unsafe for recreation.
Five Things You Can Do to Reduce your Stormwater Impact
1. Wash your car on the lawn or at a commercial car wash. All the soap, scum, and oily grit run along the curb, then into the storm drain. The grass will absorb the water before it hits the street.
2. Pick up pet waste; bag and trash it. Animal waste can pose several water quality concerns as it a potential source of nutrients and pathogens (disease-causing organisms), which can degrade water quality, making it unsafe and undesirable for drinking, swimming, boating, fishing, etc.
3. Compost or mulch grass clippings in the summer and don’t rake leaves into the curb. If unattended, these extra nutrients can reduce oxygen levels in water and potentially cause fish kills. Get a compost bin or take leaves and grass clippings to the City of Stevens Point Drop-off Site at 100 Sixth Avenue 715-346-1537.
4. Target the use of fertilizer and pesticides/herbicides to the lawn and garden. Use only what is recommended on the label. Take excess chemicals City of Stevens Point Drop-off Site at 100 Sixth Avenue 715-346-1537 or the Portage County Solid Waste department Transfer Facility at 650 Moore Road 715-343-6297.
5. Re-use rainwater for your yard and garden. Save Money! You can set up a rain barrel to collect rain from your gutters for re-use. Check out the rain barrel workshops through the North Central Wisconsin Storm Water Coalition.