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Water Quality - Stormwater

Fact: MUNICIPALITIES ARE RESPONSIBLE AND LEGALLY LIABLE FOR ANYTHING THAT ENTERS THEIR STORM DRAINAGE SYSTEM

WHAT NOT TO DO - Grass that is allowed to lay in the street will be picked up by rain water and carried to a storm drain which flows to a stream. As organic matter such as grass and other yard waste decomposes, oxygen is depleted from the stream. Oxygen is needed to sustain life both in and out of water. These forms of waste will also smother eggs, etc.

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The cities of Millersville and Goodlettsville have teamed up to provide an expanded opportunity for local citizens to participate in a water quality improvement program.

The Stream Watch program was established as a means of opportunity for concerned citizens to meet on a regular basis to report and discuss water quality issues regarding their local streams and waterways. Volunteers monitor the local streams in various capacities including: trash pickup, illegal dumping, excessive siltation, recognizing unhealthy plant life, measuring Dissolved Oxygen, pH (acidity), turbidity (clarity), and water temperature.

The streams within our communities are designated as impaired by the EPA. They include: Dry Creek, Lumsley Fork, Madison Creek, Mansker Creek, and Slater’s Creek. Join us to help improve our water quality at home!

The group meets quarterly to assign areas of responsibility to its volunteers, discuss information collected and appropriate actions to be taken (this will be decided upon by either Millersville’s or Goodlettsville’s stormwater department). Volunteers will also have the opportunity to participate in World Water Monitoring Day (September 18 - October 18). We will provide the testing kits and instruction on how to use them. These events, when added together, go a long way in educating our citizens and helping improve the quality of our local waterways.

WHEN AMERICANS WERE ASKED TO RATE THEIR LEVEL OF WORRY ABOUT EACH OF 12 ENVIRONMENTAL CONCERNS, THE TOP 4 RELATED TO THE QUALITY OF WATER.

- Gallup Poll, March 2008

DID YOU KNOW?
· 1 inch of rainfall on a 2,000 sq. ft. residential roof generates 1,250 gallons of water that can be reused.

· That same roof in a region receiving 30 inches of annual rainfall generates 41,000 gallons of reusable water.

· The average US household with a 10,000 square foot lot uses 5,000 gallons of water weekly for landscape irrigation.

· Running a sprinkler for 2 hours can use up to 500 gallons of water.

Visit the following website for information on capturing rainwater to reuse.

Click here to view a PowerPoint presentation on Construction Best Management Practices for cleaner water. Click to advance frames.

Click here to view PowerPoint on a Homeowners Guide to Cleaner Water. Click to advance frames.

Stream Watch Volunteer Application; volunteer and make a difference!