Thank You Auburn Conservation Team for being a Positive Example

 In Water Pollution Control

By Drew Wallace, Program Coordinator, Water Pollution Control

On behalf of the Auburn Water Pollution Control department, I would like to thank the Auburn Conservation Team for their efforts in making Cedar Creek a nicer place for local outdoor recreation. This team kayaked Cedar Creek earlier in August, starting at the new Doc Coleman Landing on CR 35 and ending at Eckhart Park in Auburn. They picked up cans, glass, tires, a fire extinguisher, CD player and many other items. As the MS4 Coordinator for Auburn, I am proud to see groups like this take initiative and do what they can to make Auburn a better place. We can all help by discarding broken or unwanted items in the proper place, such as the recycle centers here in town or at sites like the Northeast Indiana Solid Waste Management District in Ashley. This facility has a recycle program for paint, oil, and chemical collection for household hazardous waste. They will also take batteries, bulbs, tires and electronics. If we all did our part to stop pollution, groups like the Auburn Conservation Team might be able to focus their efforts elsewhere. It is all our responsibility to foster a continuous improvement attitude when it comes to our community.

Starting at home, there are many ways you can help with another type of pollution called storm water pollution. When mowing your grass, blow it back into the yard instead of the street. Pick up pet waste instead of leaving for others to step in or rainwater to wash away. Pick up and discard litter on sidewalks and streets. Do not over apply herbicides, pesticides or fertilizers. Nutrients, grass and pet waste could wash into your retention ponds during a storm and cause fish kill or algae bloom, or eventually make its way to Cedar Creek and do the same. Not all pollution can easily be seen, but no matter how small of an effort you make, it all helps.

A big thank you to the founders of the Auburn Conservation Team: Cody Burniston, Bill Ward and Janet Canino, and to the team who removed the trash from Cedar Creek, which included Cody and volunteers Brady Thomas and Ken Rowe.

If you would like more information on how you can get involved with projects like this, you can follow this team on Facebook and keep track of other events they have planned. Plus, our Department in collaboration with Dekalb Soil and Water Conservation (DSWC) conduct rain barrel workshops in the spring and fall, with no cost to you. You build your rain barrel that day and take it home. The DSWC also has a cost share program (up to $500) for a rain garden. If you would like more information on storm water pollution prevention, contact Drew Wallace, MS4 Coordinator, at the Auburn Water Pollution Control, at 260- 925-1714.

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