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Storm Drain Marking

Storm Drain Marker

Be an H2O Hero and volunteer to coordinate a storm drain marking event.

Storm drain marking is a group activity requiring at least 3 people (one of whom must be an adult supervisor). Storm drain marking can help deter storm drain dumping and reduce non-point source pollution by informing residents that anything that goes down a storm drain goes directly into a waterbody without being treated. Adhering storm drain markers with the message: “Keep Clean – Drains to Lake” near the storm drain inlets can remind would-be-dumpers and passersby that the storm drains empty storm water directly into local water bodies and that activities such as dumping chemicals or raking debris into a storm drain pollutes those waters.

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Coastal Clean Up

This year's Coastal Watershed Clean-up will be Saturday, September 19, 2009! Sign up for a nearby site at www.rochestercoastalcleanup.org.

Traditionally held on a Saturday in mid-September of each year, the 16th Annual Coastal Clean Up event in Monroe County was held on September 20, 2008. On that date, 716 volunteers collected nearly 5000 pounds of debris from eight shoreline sites within Monroe County. The International Coastal Clean Up is a global event with people from all over the world pitching in to clean their shorelines. This event was established and continues to be internationally sponsored and coordinated by the Ocean Conservancy, and is coordinated through out New York State by the American Littoral Society. For more information on the International Coastal Clean Up, go to American Littoral Society. For more information, and to sign up for this annual local event, go to www.rochestercoastalcleanup.org.

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H2O Heroes Clean Up the Lake Ontario Shoreline.

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Make a Rain Barrel for Your Home

You can reduce stormwater runoff to storm drains by collecting rainwater from your home’s rooftop in mosquito-proof containers, and then use it during drier weather conditions. This collected water can be used later on lawn or decorative garden areas, which also lowers your water bill! Using rain barrels keeps sediments and other pollutants out of the storm sewer and allows them to be treated by the vegetation and microbes within the soil. Instructions for making your own rain barrel can be found below.

Rain barrels are connected directly to a downspout on your house and collect the rainwater running off the roof. A spigot near the bottom allows for connection to a garden hose, or the water can be accessed by removing the top and using a container.

How to get involved with rain barrels:


Rain Barrel

H2O Hero Poses with a Rain Barrel.


For more information on Rain Barrels: http://www.epa.gov/owow/nps/lid/video.html

Build a Rain Barrel: http://www.dnr.state.md.us/ed/rainbarrel.html

http://home.comcast.net/~leavesdance/rainbarrels/construction.html


http://www.gardenwatersaver.com/9.html


http://dnr.metrokc.gov/wlr/pi/pdf/cistern-water-saving.pdf


http://www.enn.com/top_stories/article/38404

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Create a Rain Garden in Your Yard

You can reduce stormwater runoff to storm drains and improve its quality by creating vegetated areas which collect and treat rainwater runoff. Rain gardens can handle much more water than rain barrels, and provide attractive areas in your yard.

Specially designed areas planted with native plants can provide natural places for rainwater to collect and soak into the ground. Rain from rooftop areas or paved areas can be diverted into these areas rather than into storm drains.

Create a Rain Garden in your yard.

For more information on Rain Gardens:

http://www.epa.gov/owow/nps/lid/video.html

http://www.rainkc.com/index.cfm/fuseaction/home.home/index.htm/

http://www.raingardens.org/Index.php

http://www.dnr.state.wi.us/org/water/wm/dsfm/shore/documents/rgmanual.pdf

http://www.wikihow.com/Create-a-Rain-Garden

http://www.raingardennetwork.com/about.htm

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Upcoming H20 Hero Events and Workshops

April
4/16/09 - Sierra Club Environmental Forum
4/18-26/09 - Earth Day / Week

May
5/1-2/09 - Our Fragile World Environmental Fair @ Seneca Park Zoo
5/8-17/09 - Lilac Festival
5/13-14/09 - Science Exploration Days at St. John Fisher College

September
9/19/09 - Coastal Clean up

October
SWCD Conservation Field Days

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Featured Local H2O Hero Projects

Klem Road South Elementary Pond Partners

Webster Storm Drain Marking September 2008

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Webaward 2008