You probably do a lot of things to help clean up our environment. This month, weâ€™ll tell you about some other little known environmental issues right in your neighborhood. And weâ€™ll tell you why it is a good thing to reduce stormwater pollution.
When we say â€˜stormwater,â€™ we just mean rain or snow. Stormwater pollution is bad news for our Beargrass Creek. Itâ€™s not only the pollutants that the stormwater picks up that are problematic, but itâ€™s also the water itself. In Irish Hill, we have combined sewer and storm drains, so a big rain storm can overflow the system and cause sewage to be released into the creek. In the big picture, we want to do the following things.
- Increase the amount of water filtering into the ground, reduce the amount of runoff and pollutants washing into our streams;
- Help to improve water quality for aquatic creatures in Beargrass Creek and other local streams;
- Help sustain water flow in our communityâ€™s streams during dry weather;
- Reduce the chance of flooding in our community;
- Help protect the banks of Beargrass Creek from the eroding effects of large volumes of water travelling at high speeds;
- Reduce the necessity and cost of stormwater treatment facilities;
- Provide habitat for birds, bees and butterflies;
- Enhance the beauty of your property and neighborhood.
In LOVE YOUR CREEK Part II, weâ€™ll talk about simple things that you can do to help, brought to us by Beargrass Creek Alliance,www.beargrasscreek.org