Meridian Township Looks to Improve Regional Water Quality with Social Campaign
MERIDIAN TOWNSHIP - Meridian Township is taking part in a regional social campaign that focuses specifically on storm water management, called Pollution Isn't Pretty.
Day to day things you might be doing on your own lawn could be affecting the watershed the entire community relies on.
The campaign works to reduce and prevent pollution in the Grand River Watershed.
"One of the main goals is spreading the message that pollution comes in a variety of forms," said Greater Lansing Regional Committee for Stormwater Management Coordinator Cliff Walls. " A lot of people think of industrial pollution being one of the biggest sources because it's visible, you see it in the news. But 60 percent of pollution these days comes from nonpoint sources, which would be leaking oil from cars, fertilizers from people's lawns and just basically the result of everyday activities."
The goal is to educate the public on how each person impacts the local watershed and that ultimately affects the amount of pollution that enters the Great Lakes.
For instance, when you wash your car do you think about how that may be affecting the public water supply? Probably not. But maybe you should start. When you wash your vehicle on a driveway or a road, all the excess waste water enters the public storm drain. So that's all that grease, oil and soap. But there's simple solutions such as washing your vehicle on a lawn instead of a driveway that would help prevent pollution into local waters and beyond.
There are about 300 signs all across the township that help remind residents to take small steps in helping improve regional water quality.
What else can you do to help participate in the campaign?
Pick up your pet's waste, recycle and dispose household chemicals and try to conserve and reuse water as much as you can.