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Soil and Water Stewardship Week runs through May 5

5/2/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

SUMMIT COUNTY — This year marks the 58th year of the National Association of Conservation Districts National Stewardship Week, running April 28 through May 5.

The Summit Soil & Water Conservation District (SWCD) provides ways to become involved with a local watershed group and recommends taking easy steps to protect the water in the community. For instance, using a broom instead of a water hose when cleaning a driveway will help save water and prevent pollutants from washing into storm drains.

Storm drains in many cities and towns include a marker stating “No dumping — drains to stream or lake.” This is because leaves and grass clippings dumped into storm drains or a nearby body of water will decompose and take oxygen out of the water for fish and other creatures, according to SWCD officials.

According to the SWCD, it is also important to pick up pet waste so that it is not washed into nearby bodies of water. 

Less than 1 percent of the water on Earth is fresh useable water for daily needs, SWCD officials noted.

Conservation districts have been in existence across the country for more than 70 years, and America’s 3,000 conservation districts work with local farmers, ranchers and landowners to protect water, soil and air for future generations, according to SWCD officials.

The Summit SWCD can be reached at 330-929-2871, or visit www.summitswcd.org for more information.

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