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As his Eagle Project, Wendell and Boy Scout Troop 1137, are marking approximately 150 storm drains around Colin Powell Elementary in celebration of Earth Day 2008.  Look for markers, similar to the one shown here, on storm drains along Leland Road and Centreville Farms Road this Spring. 

Storm Drain
The Environmental Protection Agency determined that non-point source (NPS) pollution is the primary cause of our nation’s water quality problems.  This pollution does not come from a single, traceable source; it is from pollutants washing into storm drains.  This water DOES NOT go to a wastewater treatment plant.  The storm drains in our neighborhoods flow into Little Rocky Run and will eventually end up in the Occoquan Reservoir, UNTREATED.

 

What can you do to prevent NPS and protect our waterways?

Reduce sediments – soil particles is the largest portion of NPS pollution, but this also includes all forms of litter, especially plastics
-           Direct rain spouts into grassy areas
-           Plant grass or other plants to eliminate erosion
-           Dispose of trash properly, including cigarette butts (a toxic substance)
-           Recycle #1 and #2 plastics; plastic bags at the local stores or reuse bags
-           Do not wash grass clippings – compost yard debris or use as a natural fertilizer

Reduce excess nutrients – too much of a good thing is not good, since it causes algae blooms, which block sunlight, and depletes oxygen in the water
-           Pick up after your pet and dispose of waste in trash or in toilet (also eliminates bacteria)
-           Use fertilizer sparingly; do not fertilize when rain is forecast; plant native Virginia plants which require less chemicals to grow

Reduce toxic substances – chemicals that are harmful to humans and wildlife – this includes household chemicals, gasoline, motor oil, battery acid, roadway salt, etc.
-           Keep vehicles in good working order; recycle used motor oil; take batteries to the local dump
-           Wash your car at a car wash where the soapy water is disposed of properly
-           Dispose of chemicals, hazardous substances and paint properly

REMEMBER, ONLY RAIN DOWN THE DRAIN!

To learn more about this service opportunity, or need more information, contact
Christin Jolicoeur, Watershed Specialist, NVSWCD (703) 324-1423



To learn more about Boy Scouts           www.boyscouts-ncac.org
To learn more about Troop 1137          www.troop1137.org

 

This project is funded by Fairfax County Department of Public Works and Environmental Services and is carried out with support from the Virginia Department of Transportation, the Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District (NVSWCD) and
Mr. Brian Hull, Colin Powell Elementary School Principal.


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