Oct 27

The Ins and Outs of a Septic System

(via Snohomish County)

Proper care and maintenance is key for maintaining private septic systems. Don’t let this info go to waste: In a septic system, a pipe runs from the house to a septic tank where solids get separated from wastewater, which then flows out of the tank and into a drain field. Terry Gibb, senior educator with …

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Oct 26

Less Lawn, More Native Landscaping

Guard your water quality by letting your lakeshore get in touch with its wild side! (via Fred Rozumulski)

Lakefront landscaping is key to water quality. Listen up: You might like the look of a clean-cut lawn, but if you have lake front property, experts say not to mow all the way to the shoreline. Rozumalski: “The most important thing you can do for your lake is to create a buffer zone, and this …

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Oct 25

Caring for the Roads Less Traveled

Dirt roads were made for driving, but not driving rain. (via Center for Dirt and Gravel Road Studies)

Over time, dirt roads can get pounded down and worn away, turning into gutters when it rains. Get the dirt on this: Dirt roads may be picturesque, but they muddy nearby waters if they’re not properly maintained. Pennsylvania has almost 20,000 miles of unpaved roads, and some have been around for 200 years. Over time, …

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Oct 24

Greener Ground, Cleaner Water

Rain Garden Monroe county Crime Lab 3

Trading grey pipes for green spaces is helping cities control storm-water runoff. Tune in for some technicolor: When it rains, it pours…off pavement and into sewers and so-called “grey infrastructure.” This can overwhelm the system, sending pollutants past water treatment centers… straight into creeks and streams. So to absorb and filter stormwater where it falls, …

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Oct 21

Nitrates in Rural Wells

Water Sample credit Swistock

If well water is contaminated by fertilizer runoff, septic discharges, or animal waste, it could put babies at risk. Consider this: Nitrate is a natural chemical compound present in almost all water, but high levels in fertilizer runoff, septic discharges, or animal waste can leach into groundwater. If it gets into drinking water, it puts infants …

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