Monthly Archives: January 2015

  • A rain barrel collects and stores stormwater runoff from rooftops. By detaining (temporarily holding) the stormwater  runoff during a rain event, you can help add capacity to the Borough’s sewer system and reduce sewer overflows to our creeks and rivers, our drinking water source. Also, the collected rain water can be reused for irrigation to […]

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  • Planters reduce impervious cover (impenetrable surfaces, such as concrete, sidewalks, parking lots, etc.) by retaining stormwater runoff rather than allowing it to directly drain into nearby sewers and creeks. Planters offer “green space in tightly confined urban areas by providing a soil/plant mixture suitable for stormwater capture and treatment. They can be used on sidewalks, […]

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  • As snow piles up in the winter, we oftentimes turn to salt to melt snow and ice. Salt, however, causes adverse environmental impacts, especially on our streams and rivers. Excess salt can saturate and destroy a soil’s natural structure and result in more erosion to our waterways. High concentrations of salt can damage and kill […]

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  • Car washing is a common routine for residents and a popular way for organizations, such as scout troops, schools and sports teams to raise funds. However, most of the time, cars are washed in driveways and parking lots which allow wash water (dirty water) to find its way to the nearest storm drain, ultimately draining […]

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  • When animal waste is left on the ground, rain water or melting snow washes the pet waste into our storm drains. The disease-causing bacteria found in pet waste eventually flows to our drinking water source. In addition to contaminating waterways with disease-carrying bacteria, animal waste acts like fertilizer in the water, promoting excessive aquatic plant […]

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  • When fertilizing lawns and using other common chemicals, such as pesticides and herbicides, remember you’re not just spraying the lawn. When it rains, the rain washes away fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides along the curb and into storm drains, which ultimately carry runoff into the Chesapeake Bay   Watershed. In addition to degrading the water quality of […]

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  • Stephen A. Bryant, of Wellsville, was arrested on charges of Forgery and Theft by Unlawful Taking regarding an incident in November 2014 when he cashed several fraudlent checks at a local bank. Bryant opened an account at the bank and provided them with the checks which were later found to be fraudulent. Bryant was taken into custody on […]

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  • By maintaining your car properly you can prevent oil leaks, heavy metals and toxic materials from traveling from your car onto the street. Rain washes oil and other hazardous chemicals from the street into the nearest storm drain, ultimately draining into the Chesapeake Bay Watershed, the source of   drinking  water for many. Just imagine the […]

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