7 Tips to Prevent Contaminated Runoff into Water Sources

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What is in your water?

 

Do you ever wonder how clean your drinking water is? And what you can do to prevent water runoff?

Here are seven tips you can do to prevent contaminated water runoff into drinking water sources from the NRDC.

  1. Don’t over- water your lawns and gardens. Over-watering lawns not only wastes water, but can also increase fertilizers leaching into groundwater.
  2. Grow plants and flowers that native to your area. Native plants need less water, are more tolerant of drought conditions, cost less to maintain and provide habitat for birds and butterflies.  The less water needed for plants, means the more drinking water you have for your community.
  3. Use natural fertilizers. If you only apply natural fertilizers, such as compost, peat, rotted manure, and bone meal to help stimulate plant growth and retain soil moisture, you’ll decrease the use of chemical fertilizers that pollute local water sources.
  4. Use a drive thru car wash instead of washing your car at home. If you take your cars to a professional car wash, they are required to drain the wastewater into sewer systems, where it is treated before being discharged. This prevents oil and other fluids from your car from running into a sewer unfiltered and contaminating water sources.
  5. Recycle and properly dispose of all trash. When you improperly dispose of trash, such as flushing diapers or baby wipes, you can damage the sewage treatment process. Without proper water treatment, you could incur more costs and unsafe water.
  6. Make sure you dispose of all pet waste properly. Pick up pet waste before it has an opportunity to enter storm drains and water supplies from rain runoff.
  7. Do not dispose chemicals down the drain. When you need to dispose of caustic chemicals that could find their way into drinking water sources. of drinking water, (examples here)  Contact your local sanitation, public works, or health department to find hazardous waste collection days and sites, and check Earth911.com for local recycling options.

These are a few steps you can take to protect our natural water resources in your communities.  Next article will provide tips how to protect drinking water if you live outside the city limits.

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Simple Breakfast #Recipe: Pampered Chef Brownie Pan Omelettes

I’m soo excited to finally use my brownie pan from Pampered Chef.  After seeing so many delicious recipes on Pinterest and Pampered Chef parties, I had to try it this morning.

Mini Omettes

You can make this recipe ahead to use as a quick breakfast on the go during the week. Use whatever veggies you have on hand or crumble sausage in place of the veggies.

This recipe makes 6 mini omelettes.

Heat oven to 350F.

What you’ll need:
1 Pampered Chef Brownie Pan
Spray oil
6 eggs
1/2 cup milk or milk substitute
Diced veggies – mushrooms, spinach, etc
Shredded cheese
Herbs (I used my own garden mix and dill)
Salt and pepper,  as needed

Prepare:

  1. Spray each square cup with spray oil

Pampered-Chef-Brownie-Pan2. Crack 6 eggs (or 1 per square cup) in a mixing bowl
3. Add 1/2 cup almond milk (milk or substitute)
4. Whisk, and set aside
5. Chop and dice veggies
6. Sprinkle veggies in each square cup
7. Pour egg mixture into each square cup.

Veggies and Egg Mixture - Mini Omelettes

8. Sprinkle cheese and herbs atop egg mixture.

Cheese on Mini Omelettes

9. Bake at 350F for approximately 20 minutes or until eggs are light and fluffy.

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Remove from oven.

Using a small non-stick spatula, remove from brownie pan and serve. If baking ahead, allow to cool then place in microwave safe containers like the Pampered Chef Leak Proof containers.

This was my first attempt and they turned out fluffy and delicious!

fluffy mini omelettes

I cannot wait to try the mini lasagnas using cheese ravioli this week too!

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Can Ohio Save Lake Erie?

Lake Erie with too much phosphorus and nitrogen.
Lake Erie with too much phosphorus and nitrogen.

Have you been to this Great Lake, lately?

It’s in dire need of a cleanup. From “toxic” green algae blooms to high levels of phosphorus from farm manure. Do you really know what’s in your water supply?

Water pollution is one of the top 30 environmental issues America is facing, so what is the solution for Lake Erie?

According to The Detroit News, “Ohio lawmakers approved new rules for farmers and water treatment plant operators to … reduce the spread of algae blooms in Lake Erie.” However, much more is needed to combat the spread of toxins and pollutants into our most precious  natural resource.

How do you think lawmakers should approach the cleanup of the 12th largest lake in the world?

Look for more posts about water pollution.

 

 

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