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    Rain garden at the Berks County Agricultural Center in Bern Township.

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    90% of Berks County is located in what watershed? If you guessed the Schuylkill River, you are correct! Only 10% of Berks County drains to the Chesapeake Bay or the Delaware River watersheds.

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    Planting trees helps reduce stormwater in parking lots. The rainfall infiltrates into the ground, helping to recharge the aquifer.

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    Washing your car at home sends sudsy, dirty water into a stormdrain, which then ends up in a stream. Patronize a local car wash, where the water is recycled for more efficiency and less pollution.

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    Cleaning out your garage? Bring your unwanted Household Hazardous Waste to a Berks County collection event every April and October. Visit the Berks County Solid Waste Authority’s website for collection details.

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    Livestock farmers can help with drinking water protection by installing streambank fences, which help prevent pollution from animal waste. Waste that finds its way into creeks and streams can add bacteria and other harmful substances into the water.

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    Pet waste contains bacteria, which flows along with rainwater if not picked up. Please curb your pet – your neighbors will thank you!

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    Sign up for trash cleanup events in the spring through the Schuylkill Scrub website. Report illegal dump sites to the Berks County Solid Waste Authority.

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    "More is not better" when applying fertilizer to your lawn and garden – excess amounts are carried away in rainfall, and can cause problems like algal blooms in some waterways. Follow the directions for use on the product container for minimal impact to the environment.

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    Sediment from construction, gardening, and lawn care can be picked up by rainfall or snow melt, and end up in our streams. Too much sediment in our waterways can harm fish and other aquatic life.

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    Stormdrains carry water from our streets to a stream, not to a treatment plant! Whatever goes in the drain, goes in the water.

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    Herbicides, pesticides, and fertilizer make the garden grow, but excess amounts can build up in creeks, rivers, and lakes, and cause problems for fish and other aquatic life.

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    The farming community in Berks County works with environmental groups like Berks Nature, the Conservation District, and the USDA to help keep our drinking water clean.

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    These Water Supply Area signs alert drivers that any spills or leaks they see should be reported to 9-1-1. Emergency responders can then clean up spilled fuel or chemicals before they reach a stream.

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    Fluid leaks from our vehicles are carried into stormdrains, where they can be directly discharged into streams. Maintain and repair any leaks from cars, trucks, and any gas-fueled power equipment.

 


 
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