Volunteers are needed to adopt and protect rivers and streams in Johnson county.
LITTER ISN’T PRETTY
Each year tons of trash and debris are carelessly tossed along roadways and parking lots. When it rains, that trash is washed from city streets into our waterways.
Stormwater runoff is the water that flows across our streets, lawns, and parking lots after it rains. As it travels over land, the urban runoff picks up harmful substances – like oil, detergents, paint, pesticides, bacteria, dirt, and trash – and washes them into storm drains.
Contrary to popular belief, storm drains are not tied into sanitary sewer systems. Their flow empty directly into the nearest creek, river, or lake without any treatment to remove contaminants. Trash-lined stream banks are the ugly mess that’s left behind when the flows recede. Much of it is preventable by tossing trash in a receptacle where it belongs. But what else can you do?
TAKE RESPONSIBILITY BY TAKING MATTERS INTO YOUR OWN HANDS.
You can help keep Johnson County rivers and streams clean by participating in the Adopt-A- River program. The program is sponsored by the Johnson County Partnership for Water Quality, a group of Johnson County entities, who is committed to preserving and improving water quality and the environment of the Young’s Creek Watershed. Volunteers are needed to adopt and protect specific sections of rivers and streams. Individuals and groups are invited to sign up. By joining, you will be asked to organize cleanups and share information with neighbors about ways to prevent storm water pollution.
ADOPT-A-RIVER PROGRAM DETAILS
You can adopt any type of water feature including: a lake, river, ravine, stream, ditch, wetland or public water access.
A minimum commitment requires conducting semi-annual cleanups over a two year period.
Signs recognizing volunteers and their efforts will be placed in adopted areas.
We can provide your group with free bags and gloves. Simply request a supply at least two weeks before your clean up date from your municipal storm water utility.
Place the collected trash at a designated site and your stormwater utility will arrange pick-up.
Send in a clean up report which includes the number of volunteers, pounds of trash removed and hours spent on cleanup.
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