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How to keep water clean during rainy season

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As the 2009-2010 rain approaches, it is time to consider ways Rocklin residents and business can improve water quality in our local creeks and streams during the upcoming wet season. Storm water, debris, and chemicals that go down the gutter and into the street and parking lot drains do not go to a wastewater treatment plant—it all flows directly into our creeks and streams. Rocklin’s waterways are salmon and trout habitat and are part of the Dry Creek and Pleasant Grove watersheds.
Conserve water
Use automatic irrigation systems to water landscaping for shorter periods only as needed when the weather is cooler and the days are shorter.
Remember to set your irrigation system to Off or Rain when the rainy weather starts in earnest.
As always, be sure not to over water—over watering can send additional sediment and chemicals into the storm drain system that contaminate the creeks and streams.
For more information visit Placer County Water Agency’s Water Use Efficiency Web page at: http://www.pcwa.net/level3/efficiency.html.
Plant native and drought-tolerant plants. For information about these plants and where to buy them visit The Garden Spot at http://www.bewaterwise.com. For an online California native plant landscape design tool visit http://www.mynativeplants.com/site.
Use landscaping chemicals carefully
Apply lawn care and other landscape chemicals per package instructions.
Do not over water after using chemicals and do not use chemicals right before a rain is expected—more of the chemicals are washed into the storm drain system and creeks.
Choose alternatives to control pests such as lady bugs and non-toxic chemicals.
For more information visit the Our Water Our World Web site at www.ourwaterourworld.org.
Properly dispose of pet waste
Scoop the Poop! All dogs in Rocklin receive a free Bags on Board pet waste bag canister when they get a new or renewed dog license. All dogs in Rocklin must be licensed. For more information visit the city’s Pet Waste Web site at http://www.rocklin.ca.us/government/works/pollution/pet—waste.asp.
Pick up after your pet every time—bacteria in pet waste can make people sick and pollute our creeks and streams.
Throw pet waste in a garbage can or flush it down a toilet—never wash it into landscaping or the gutter.
Properly dispose of household waste
Always throw garbage in a designated receptacle.
Always sweep driveways and sidewalks instead of hosing them off. Put leaves and grass clippings in the green waste bin or compost.
Never rinse yard-care equipment or flush yard waste or debris into the gutter.
Never flush paint, household chemicals, solvents, and similar hazardous household waste into the gutter.
After the holidays, take your undecorated, dry Christmas tree to a designated drop-off location. Check the city’s Web site for details on locations closer to the holidays.
Dispose of hazardous household waste by
taking it to a city-sponsored collection event. Watch for information on Rocklin Clean Up Day in April 2010 and check the city’s Web site for additional community events this winter.
donating it to a school or charitable organization that is collecting it for a fund-raiser.
taking it to the Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) run by the Western Placer Waste Management Authority (WPWMA), for more information visit the WPMPA Web site at http://www.wpwma.com.
Recycle
In Rocklin, you can throw recyclables directly in the garbage—no need to sort or separate!—they are diverted out of the landfill at the MRF. For more information check out www.OneBigBin.com to see how it works.
Used household batteries can not go in the garbage! Bring them to a local collection site and look for the collection tubes. For a list of collection sites visit the city’s recycling Webvpage at http://www.rocklin.ca.us/residents/new—to—the—city/recycling.asp
Properly drain swimming pools
Do not drain swimming pools or spas directly into the gutter—even small amounts of chlorine can upset the balance of plant and animal life in creeks and streams.
For more information visit the city’s pool water Web site at http://www.rocklin.ca.us/government/works/pollution/pool—water.asp.
Do Even More
Participate in annual Spring Creek Week activities. Get more information at http://www.creekweek.org/.
Volunteer individually or as a group with Citizens Involved Means Better Living, CIMBL, a local, grass-roots organization that picks up litter from Placer County roadways every month. Visit their Web site at http://www.cimbl.org.
Contact Public Works to volunteer to Adopt an Inlet. Adopters can be families, Scout groups, churches, classrooms, businesses, anyone! Be a part of keeping Rocklin’s waterways clean and healthy!
Visit the STAR ECO Station’s Storm Drain Exhibit. Visit their Web site at http://www.ecostation.org/.
Report illegal dumping by calling the Public Works Department at 625-5500 or by going to the city’s Web site (http://www.rocklin.ca.us/government/works/report.asp) and sending an e-mail message.
Check out the city of Roseville’s Green Living Workshops at the Utility Exploration Center. Go to www.roseville.ca.us/explore.
Volunteer to help with the annual acorn harvest and planting. The city is “growing” their native plant nursery and always needs extra hands to help care for the oak seedlings and other native sprouts. Contact Public Works to find out what is happening in the nursery.