Communities can unknowingly impact local waterways through everyday activities. It’s simple really, the Storm Drains you see in our streets, yards, and parking lots, flow directly to local creeks untreated and into the Russian River. Any material left outside can be transported by storm water runoff, locally supplied water (i.e. sprinklers), or wind.
If you take a moment to think about it, that small piece of trash that has been sitting in the gutter, the remaining fertilizer lingering in the flower beds, the bacteria and pathogens from forgotten pet waste, with the addition of water, and in some instances wind, all of these contaminants will travel directly into our creeks. The good news is there’s a lot we can do, with some simple changes, that will have great impact.