Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Urban Runoff

We are fortunate to live near the Great Lakes, which is the largest group of fresh water lakes on the planet and represent 84% of North America’s surface freshwater. Urban runoff is threatening these bodies of freshwater and public awareness needs to be present and heightened. Urban runoff pollution comes from neighborhood streets, ditches, storm […]

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Household Waste

Water is the foundation for everything we do throughout life.  It is used for recreation, economic development and of course human existence.  However, not much of the water on the Earth is fit for consumption.  Ninety seven percent of the Earth’s water is salt water, while the rest is frozen in glaciers or polluted.  In […]

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Small Stream Maintenance Program

To reduce flooding in urbanized areas through immediate and relatively simple remedies is the mission statement of the Small Streams Maintenance Program (SSMP) of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (MWRD).  Since it began in 2006, dedicated crews have provided a valuable service by removing debris from creeks, streams and waterways.  The success […]

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Public Involvement

“The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) believes that the public can provide valuable input and assistance to a… municipal storm water management program and, therefore, suggests that the public be given opportunities to play an active role in both the development and implementation of the program.” Rain Gardens and Landscaping Rain Barrels                                                                                   Small Stream Maintenance […]

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Salt Creek

We all need to do our part to improve the water quality of our creeks and streams.  The Salt Creek Tributary starts mostly in Palatine Township and covers approximately 150 square miles. This watershed eventually makes it’s way into the DesPlaines River, then into the Illinois River which ends in the Mississippi River.  If you want to […]

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