Conservation & Community
Storm Drain Stenciling
An estimated 80% of pollution in our local watershed is from non-point sources, such as stormwater runoff. Waste collected in our watershed's storm drains, from lawn chemical applications, animal feces, vehicle discharges and detergents (to name a few) is actually carried and deposited directly into the Doan Brook or Lake Erie.
Storm drain stenciling provides an easy opportunity for residents to heighten watershed awareness within our community. Using provided stencils with the message "DUMP NO WASTE, DRAINS TO BROOK," volunteers simply paint the message on street pavement in front of storm drains within the watershed, as well as distribute informational flyers to community residents. All materials are provided. Join our Storm Drain campaign and help us stencil our streets this summer, 2013. Dates to be determined. Call 217-321-5935 x244 for more information.
We monitor water quality to determine the health of streams and lakes. The information gathered can tell us if our waterways are safe for fishing, swimming, boating or as a drinking water supply.
Long term and consistent monitoring is needed to develop a water-quality standard, or baseline. Using baseline data, we can examine volunteer data to learn if the water quality of the Doan Brook is getting better or worse. Stream sections may be monitored every 3-4 months to produce the most accurate samplings.
The DBWP is now forming a citizen volunteer water quality monitoring group in early 2013, with training provided through the Sierra Club Water Sentinel program, MetroParks Watershed Volunteer Program and Ohio EPA. For more information, please contact us.
Laudable Lawn Program
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