Educational Events & Activities
Storm Water Education While Hudson has implemented an aggressive storm water management action plan, there is much citizens can do to help keep our waters clean. The City has developed new resources to inform and educate the public about how to help keep our water clean. Clean storm water starts at home.
"Lake Erie Starts Here Dont Waste It!" is this year's storm water theme. Non-point source pollution is a fancy term for polluted stormwater runoff. As both rain and snow-melt flow across the land, pollution particles are picked up and carried to our lakes and streams. As stormwater flows over driveways, lawns, and parking lots, it picks up debris, chemicals, pet waste, leaching septic waste, dirt and other pollutants. Stormwater can flow into a storm sewer system or directly into a stream, wetland or lake. Anything that enters a storm sewer is discharged untreated into the water bodies we use for fishing, swimming, and drinking. Excess nutrients from pet and septic waste, sediment, pesticides, herbicides and other pollutants can lead to problems.
Septic System upkeep
Dispose of Pet Waste
Pet waste left on sidewalks, streets, yards or other open areas can be picked up and carried by rainwater into storm drains, nearby lakes and streams causing many problems. Pet waste contributes to contamination of our surface water because it contains fecal coli-form and other harmful bacteria and pathogens which can cause diseases in people and animals. By picking up pet waste, you can prevent pet waste pollution. Hudson City Parks offer pet waste stations and bags for your use in the parks.
- Doo be prepared: Carry pet waste bags with you on walks.
- Doo tie the bag and put the bag in the trash can.
- Don't leave pet waste on your lawn.
- Don't add pet waste to your compost.
- Don't leave pet waster near a curb or hike trail. It's bad manners and it can wash away into local waterways.
- Don't forget to pick-up after your dog in public spaces.
- More Doggie Doo's and Don'ts...
Events and Activities
- Lake Erie Starts Here! Don't "Waste" It! Septic and Pet Waste workshop will be offer by the Summit Soil and Water Conservation District on Tuesday, March 21, 2017 at the Summit County Public Health auditorium, located at 1867 West Market Street, Akron, OH, 44313. The workshop is free and open to the public. To register, go to Don't Waste it. For more information, call 330-926-2452 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- There will be no Green on the Green event this year, but several workshops will be available throughout the year.
How Can I help keep storm water clean at my home?
Rain gardens are a beautiful addition to any lot and will provide curb appeal and other benefits. During a rainstorm, rain gardens help to reduce flooding problems by collecting and slowing down water, allowing the water to infiltrate slowly, over a 24- to 48-hour period. A rain garden collecting runoff from a 1,000-square foot roof area in Summit County can filter over 19,000 gallons of rainwater annually. Rain gardens also help to control erosion and sediment loss because native plants have extremely long roots, some up to 15 feet long, that hold the soil in place and filter out pollutants. Pick up afor free at the Public Works Department at 1769 Georgetown Road.
Plant Native Plants
Native plants require little or no fertilizer because they thrive in local soil conditions so you will not only save money on chemical applications, but you will improve storm water quality by keeping extra nutrients and pollutants out of our waterways. Improve your landscaping plan by including one of the native plant kits listed below. Summit Soil and Water Conservation District native plant kits are being sold now through March 2, 2017. Order form is below.
Healthy Yard/Soil Testing
The first and most important step for a healthy landscape plan is to build and maintain a healthy soil since soil is the foundation for a healthy yard. To grow well, your lawn needs soil with good texture, some key nutrients such as nitrogen, phosphorous, potassium, and lime, and the right pH, (alkaline/acid balance).
It is extremely important to have your soil tested and check the pH. Grass grows best in a slightly acidic soil, with a pH of 6.5 to 7.0. You can add necessary amendments to achieve a good pH for grass growth. By having your soil tested for nutrients, you can avoid adding excess fertilizer, which costs money and ends up in the lakes and streams when it rains. Plants only take in the fertilizer that they need, and the rest will be wasted and harm the environment.
Composting is a simple, economical way to recycle your household scraps and yard trimmings into a nutritious meal for your soil and your landscape, not to mention the beneficial insects and microorganisms that will also feast on it. Learn more on how to start your own compost pile.
Trees improve stream quality and watershed health primarily by decreasing the amount of storm water runoff and pollutants that reaches our local waters. Trees reduce storm water runoff by capturing and storing rainfall in the canopy and releasing water into the atmosphere through evapotranspiration. In addition, tree roots and leaf litter create soil conditions that promote the infiltration of rainwater into the soil. This helps to replenish our groundwater supply and maintain stream flow during dry periods.
The presence of trees also helps to slow down and temporarily store runoff, which further promotes infiltration and decreases flooding and erosion downstream. Trees and forests reduce pollutants by taking up nutrients and other pollutants from soils and water through their roots and by transforming pollutants into less harmful substances. In general, trees are most effective at reducing runoff from smaller, more frequent storms.
In addition to these storm water benefits, trees provide a host of other benefits such as improved air quality, reduced air temperatures in summer, reduced heating and cooling costs, increased property values, habitat for wildlife and recreation and aesthetic value.
Rainwater harvesting and infiltration-based practices increase the efficiency of our water supply system. Water collected in rainwater harvesting systems can be used for outdoor irrigation and some indoor uses and can significantly reduce municipal water use. Water infiltrated into the soil can recharge groundwater, an important source of water in the United States.
Summit Soil and Water Conservation District (SSWC) is offering rain barrels for sale at $80 each. An additional linking barrel for more water storage can be purchased for $50. Barrels are clean, food-grade, 55-gallon blue plastic drums with removable lids. The single barrels come complete with spigot, overflow hose and sight gauge attached, and the linking barrels have a hose which attaches to the main barrel. SSWCD will take orders throughout 2017. Order a rain barrel.
Environmental Awareness Committee (EAC) will host a rain barrel workshop on May 6th at Barlow Community Center. Please contact the Public Works Department for more information (330) 342-1750.
Rain Barrel Workshop Registration form
Rain Barrel Participation Agreement
Dispose of Hazardous Household Waste
Hazardous household chemicals that are not disposed of properly can be carried by rainwater into nearby lakes and streams. ReWorks offers a Hazardous Household Recycling Center (HHWRC) for Summit County residents in nearby Stow. The HHWRC is open every Thursday from June through September.
Storm Water Rules and Regulations
For More information about the programs listed above or other programs in Summit County, contact the at 330-929-2871 .