The Trash Before the Storm!
While we are in the midst of a historic drought it is fair to expect that we will get rain this winter! With that in mind, Fall is an excellent time to pick up litter! Why you ask? Well, that litter you see in the parking lot, on the street, or in the gutter during the summer makes its way into storm drains with the first storms.
Storm drains empty into local creeks which then flow into larger bodies of water; rivers, lagunas, esteros, sloughs, bays, and ultimately the Pacific Ocean. Trash and pollutants that enter our creeks, in addition to being unsightly, negatively impact water quality, wildlife, and even flood protection measures.
Luckily we can all take action with simple practices to help prevent trash migration into our creeks and waterways. Here are some tips for picking up litter while walking your dog, hiking or jogging.
- Carry a small trash bag, barrel bag and gloves with you to hold and pick up trash on your walks or runs
- If your typical running or walking route is out-and-back, identify items to pick up on the way out, and then actually pause to pick them all up on the way back. Squats are good for you:)
- Don’t feel that you have to do it every time you go out for a walk or jog. Make it a monthly or weekend tradition.
- Bring a friend or organize a group, or join us for our next creek clean-up on November 14th! Register Here
Additional resources for DIY rainwater harvesting, stormwater management, water conservation resources, and more:
How to plan a DIY clean up
Lake County’s Clean Water Program webpage
Lake County RCD
Marin County’s Creeks, Bay and Flood Information webpage
County of Mendocino’s Stormwater webpage
Sonoma Water’s Stormwater webpage
Gold Ridge RCD
Best Practices for Businesses on Protecting Creeks.