Watershed education and outreach is a focus of the watershed coordinator here at the Allegan Conservation District. We are focused on teaching members of the community not only the basic aspects of watershed science, but also the effects of nonpoint source pollution. The Rabbit River Watershed is located in the northeast corner of Allegan County and includes small areas in surrounding counties. Currently, the Rabbit River Watershed is our primary watershed project.
Saturday, July 20th, the Allegan Conservation District held a successful rain barrel constructing and water quality workshop. The intent of the event was to bring more awareness to nonpoint source pollution in Great Lakes Watersheds and effective means of reducing it. The workshop was held in the Rabbit River Watershed in the village of Hopkins. Several rain barrels were built and are now out at people’s properties in the county.
Rain barrels are useful to homeowners to collect water for use watering lawns and landscaping. Rain barrels protect the environment by reducing the speed that water runs off the land. This can allow more water to soak into the ground, rather than run across the surface picking up sediment, nutrient, and other pollutants.
Learning that we all have ways to reduce pollution is important. Nonpoint source pollution is ongoing. It is important for individuals to understand our parts in this significant threat to the waters of the Great Lakes. Reducing runnoff, fertilizers, pesticides, and herbicides are all important ways to reduce this type of pollution.
We still have a couple of rain barrels left for sale. Contact the Conservation District at 269-673-8965 x4 to order yours today.
For more information on ways to reduce pollution, please read 10 Ways to Prevent Personally Polluting the Great Lakes