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The following articles are pollution prevention news articles for publication. View all Articles in a single file

What is a Watershed?

No matter where you live, you live in a watershed. A watershed is the land area that drains to a single body of water such as a lake or river. Watersheds come in many different sizes.

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Who/What is the GLRC

The Greater Lansing Regional Committee for Stormwater Management (GLRC) was formed to protect and improve the quality of our water resources through a coordinated and consistent stormwater management effort.

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Fertilizer Article

Storm drains found in our streets and yards empty into our lakes and streams. So, when we fertilize our lawn we could also be fertilizing our lakes and streams! While fertilizer is good for our lawn, it's bad for our water.

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Pet Waste Article

When our little friends leave those little surprises, rain washes all that pet waste and bacteria into our storm drains. This waste then pollutes our waterways. It's a health risk to pets and people, especially children.

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Car Washing Article

How does caring for your car affect our waterways? Storm drains found in our streets and roadside ditches lead directly to our lakes and streams. If dirty water from washing our cars gets into the storm drain, it pollutes our local waterways.

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Illicit Discharge Article

You might not be able to see the stream or lake from your house, but it's there! It might be a small stream or ditch or even a storm drain in the street. All of these lead directly to our lakes and streams.

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Riparian Article

The way we take care of the land has a huge impact on water quality. As landowners and citizens it is important that we take care of the land immediately surrounding the river in a way that is beneficial to the river and the wildlife that depend on it.

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Onsite Septic System Article

Sewage and soap suds are ruining the carpet and furniture in your basement. Foul smelling water is puddled in the yard. Don't let this happen to you. If you are not on a municipal sewer system, then you have an on-site septic system.

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Vehicle Maintenance Article

The fluids that leak or drip from your automobile eventually end up in our rivers, lakes, and streams. Did you know that even though your home may be miles away from a lake or a river, the chemicals that spill on your driveway or parking lot find their way to our local waterways?

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Storm Vs. Sanitary Sewer Article

You've seen one drain, you've seen them all. They are all the same, right? I can pour this cleaner down the drain because it goes to a wastewater treatment plant, right? Not so!

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Adopt Your Catch Basin Article

Catch basins are storm sewer inlets that filter out debris such as leaves and litter. They are typically located next to street curbs or in the rear yards of residential areas.

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Wetlands Article

What is a wetland? A wetland is transitional land that lies between the water and dry ground. It has often been referred to as 'too wet to plow and too dry to swim'.

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Woody Debris Fact Sheet

For recreational users of our rivers and streams.

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