Public Education

Today, most of the
pollution entering our waterways arrives with the rain water that
runs off hard surfaces such as roads, parking lots, and rooftops. 
The polluting culprits are dirt, oil and toxic auto fluids,
pesticides and fertilizer, and bacteria from animal waste and failing
septic systems.


We depend on storm
drains and sewers, drainage ditches, and culverts to keep our
streets from flooding during storms.  Yet, these devices also
direct polluted and untreated rainwater straight into our local
streams, lakes and wetlands.


The Washtenaw
County Road Commission, in conjunction with other watershed
partners, encourages the public to educate themselves on simple
steps they can take to help reduce pollution.  Some simple
steps you can take include washing your car on the lawn, picking
up pet waste, and choosing phosphorous free lawn fertilizer.  Please refer to the information and video clips below, or visit
our partner websites for more information.


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Water Quality video


This
video is courtesy of the Washtenaw County Water Resources
Commissioner.


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Watershed Planning video


This
video is courtesy of the Alliance of Rouge Communities.


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Things You Can Do to Help
Reduce Water Pollution:




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