Respect Our Waters at August 23rd National Night Out

Aug. 12, 2013

On Fri., Aug. 23 from 5 to 9 p.m., Respect Our Waters will be at West Milwaukee’s National Night Out to give away pet waste bags, host a drawing for a rain barrel and educate residents on individual actions they can take to help improve area rivers and Lake Michigan. The group will also answer questions, provide information and give away Sparkles the Water Spaniel buttons.

“Everyone plays an important role in keeping our rivers and lakes clean and healthy. There are a number of simple and easy actions that help our waterways,” says Jeff Martinka, co-chair of Respect Our Waters and executive director of Sweet Water.

According to Martinka, residents should:
-Pick up pet waste.
-Leave grass clippings on the lawn.
-Use lawn fertilizer and chemicals sparingly. In fact, he recommends testing the soil to make sure the yard really needs the extra nutrients before applying fertilizer.
-Inspect vehicles to make sure they’re not leaking oil or other fluids.
-Plant a rain garden and trees.
-Direct downspouts into rain barrels, the yard or garden instead of the sewer or driveway.
-Use a carwash or wash cars on the lawn.

“What many residents don’t realize is that anything that washes into storm sewers goes directly into our rivers and Lake Michigan,” explains Martinka. “That means, whenever it rains, dog poop, lawn fertilizer, car fluids and any other debris on sidewalks, streets and parking lots gets deposited into our waterways.”

For more information, visit RespectOurWaters.org, RootPikeWIN.org or SwwtWater.org.

Community Watch

» 2016 Fourth of July events in the Milwaukee suburbs Updated:  01:20 PM

» West Allis sixth-grader in top 27 in nation in science competition 01:15 PM

» Some neighbors complain of noise from House of Harley, Greenfield 12:56 PM

» Gun, ammunition sales in Greenfield might soon require public hearings 10:23 AM

» Initial Reaction Podcast: A look ahead to US Open 2017, look back at Champions Tour event in Madison Updated:  6/29

» West Allis pair confess to kidnapping, killing pregnant woman 6/28

» Preliminary West Allis school budget wipes out $4.2 million in red ink 6/28

» Bicycle ride share proposal could be rolling soon in West Allis 6/28

» More decorative bike racks could add panache to West Allis locales 6/28

» West Allis taps into tool to help get foreclosed properties fixed up 6/27

» West Allis hears 72nd Street residents who don't want bumpouts 6/24

» West Allis helping fledgling craft brewery get started 6/24

» Burglaries at 10-year low in West Allis, robberies hit 10-year high Updated:  6/23

» Man, 21, charged in fatal accident on 76th Street in Greenfield 6/21

» Greenfield couple calls police on their attacking cat 6/21

» Video: Greenfield going full speed to become its own internet provider 6/21

» Greenfield man charged in fatal crash 6/20

» Early morning fire destroys garage in Greenfield, spreads to house 6/20

» Initial Reaction Podcast: MLB Draft's Wisconsin flavor and WIAA's postseason model Updated:  6/15

» After facelift, Greenfield Park Golf Course re-opens to rave reviews Updated:  6/15

» A new Layton Avenue Baptist Church is rising in Greenfield through skill and faith 6/14

» Charcoal grill tips over, causes fire at Greenfield home 6/13

» West Allis foundry faces possible fines of $62,370 Updated:  6/13

» Vape shop caught up in CBD legality debate 6/9

» Initial Reaction Podcast: Steve Showalter's switch to Menomonee Falls and Brookfield East's dominance Updated:  6/9

View All Posts Got a tip? Welcome rss

Best Summer Ever

 

We've made it easy for you to get out and go this summer. From hitting the trails for a bike ride or walk, to where to find beer gardens in the area, to the best places to swim in Waukesha County to the best summer drinks and summer reads, check out our 2016 summer guide.

Advertisement

Advertisement

CONNECT    

Advertisement