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The Michigan Stormwater-Floodplain Association (MSFA) requests suggested topics for presentations/workshops/seminars at its next annual conference scheduled for February 29-March 2, 2012 (preconference sessions on February 28, 2012, at the DoubleTree Hotel Dearborn). Planning for the 25th annual conference is under way. They want to develop a conference program that meets your interests. Please e-mail your suggestions related to stormwater-floodplain management and flood insurance topics to... Les Thomas at thomasl@michigan.gov or click below for complete information.

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Storm drains found in our streets and yards empty into our lakes and rivers. When we fertilize our lawn we could also be fertilizing our lakes and rivers. While fertilizer is good for our lawn, it’s bad for our water. Fertilizer in our lakes and rivers causes algae to grow. Algae can form large blooms and use oxygen that fish need to survive. With 1.5 million homes in Southeast Michigan, all of us need to be aware of the cumulative affects of our lawn care practices.

Seven (7) simple steps to protect our lakes & streams

1. Help keep pollution out of storm drains. Storm drains lead directly to our lakes and streams. Never dump oil, pet waste, leaves, dirty water, or anything down a storm drain. Remember, only rain in the drain.

2. Fertilize caringly and sparingly. Excess fertilizer that gets into storm drains pollutes our lakes by causing large algae blooms and using up oxygen fish need to survive. Sweep excess fertilizer back onto your lawn, use a low or no phosphorus fertilizer, and have your soil tested to see what, if any, fertilizer is needed.

3. Carefully store and dispose of household cleaners, chemicals, and oil. Instead of putting hazardous products like antifreeze, motor oil, and pesticides in the trash, down the storm drain, or on the ground, take them to a local hazardous waste collection day.

4. Clean up after your pet. Whether on a walk or in your yard, promptly clean up after your pet. Not only will be you a good neighbour, you will also protect our water from harmful bacteria.

5. Practice good car care. Consider taking your car to a car wash or washing your car on the grass. 

6. Choose earth friendly landscaping. Protect your pets, kids, and the environment by using pesticides sparingly. Also, water your lawn only when it needs it and choose plants native to Michigan.

7. Save water. Over watering our lawns can easily carry pollution to the storm drains and to our lakes and streams. Consider using a broom instead of a hose to clean sidewalks and driveways. Direct hoses and sprinklers on the lawn, not the driveway. This will help save our lakes and streams and save you money.


For more easy steps on protecting our lakes and streams, visit www.semcog.org
 or you can also visit www.epa.gov/npdes/stormwate

 

 

Complaint Investigations/24-Hour Hotline
 
Wayne County Department of Environment (WCDOE) maintains a telephone "hot line" (888-223-2363) to log and coordinate response to environmental concerns of all types. The WQMD routinely receives and responds to pollution complaints from citizens, County agency staff and/or local communities either directly in our office (734-224-3936) or via referrals from the WCDOE Hotline. 
WQMD Complaint Investigation services include an initial site visit, repeat site visits and investigation, water quality sampling as appropriate, technical assistance and education, record review, complaint tracking and reporting, and follow-up leading to the elimination of verified illicit discharges. 


Click here to view or download a summary of WQMD Complaint Investigations 

 For more information about this service, please contact Dean Tuomari at 734-326-4483. 

The Michigan Stormwater-Floodplain Association (MSFA) requests suggested topics for presentations/workshops/seminars at its next annual conference scheduled for February 29-March 2, 2012 (preconference sessions on February 28, 2012, at the DoubleTree Hotel Dearborn). Planning for the 25th annual conference is under way. We want to develop a conference program that meets your interests. Please send your suggestions related to stormwater-floodplain management and flood insurance topics to... click here to view (PDF) for more information Flood Plain 


Remember, our water is our future – and it’s ours to protect!