Sunday, 17 January 2010
BBRAeNEWS No.285 - Do you want cleaner waters in your Lake.
Do you want cleaner waters in your Lake?
BELIEVE IT OR NOT. ONE OF THE BIGGEST THREATS TO OUR WATER QUALITY IS PLAIN OLD DIRT WASHING INTO OUR RIEVERS, LAKES AND STREAMS FROM LAWNS, ROADS, DRIVEWAYS AND CONSTRUCTIONS SITES.
What is wrong with this sediment when washed into our lakes?
Sediment clouds water and reduce sunlight for the stream plants that provide habitat and oxygen for fish. Sediments fill in the space between rocks in stream bottom and they take away fish spawning habitat and habitat for other critters that live on the bottom.
If you are constructing a new home or part of it, it is your responsibility to control erosion and ensures dirt is not washed into storm sewers, drains, nearby waterways into our lakes.
If you have a construction project, it can create a lot of junk. Be sure to dispose of construction debris, yard waste and hazardous materials properly so they don’t pollute our local waters.
Concrete Wash – It is illegal to dump concrete wash into streets and ditches and to let then run into drains.
Construction Waste – During construction, keep debris away from the street and undercover to ensure that it is not washed away by rain. Dispose of it properly.
Yard Waste – It is illegal to dump yard waste such as grass, leaves, bushes and stumps in your regular trash area or into nearby river. Heavy rain fall would wash these into the late.
Household Hazardous Waste – Dispose of paints, thinner, solvents, cleaners, wood preservations and other remodeling and repair wastes properly. Do not dump them into drains and waterways as these would flow into our lake.