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The Rockland County Soil & Water Conservation District and the Rockland County Division of Environmental Resources Department is committed to encouraging municipalities and residents to conserve water and to protect our exsisting water resources.
Rain Gardens are an inexpensive, simple to implement and environmentally sound solution to suburban stormwater runoff.
A Rain Garden will: Filter runoff pollution, recharge local groundwater, conserve water, improve water quality, protect rivers and streams, remove standing water in your yard, increase beneficial insects that eliminate pest insects, reduce potential of home flooding, create habitat for birds & butterflies, survive drought seasons, reduce garden maintenance, enhance sidewalk appeal, and increase garden enjoyment.
For more information click on the Rain Garden Brochure
Rain Barrels are containers that capture and store rainwater draining from your roof. With the rising price of municipal water and drought restrictions now facing much of the United States during the summer months, more and more homeowners in our own modern society are turning to the harvesting of rainwater to save money and protect this precious natural resource. Barrels usually range from 50 to 80 gallons and have a spigot for filling watering cans and a connection for a soaker hose. Combining the use of rain barrels with appropriate plant selection and mulching promotes water conservation. Rain barrels benefit your home, garden and community.
For more information click on the Rain Barrel Fact Sheet
Storm Drain Markers make people aware that every storm drain in Rockland County empties into a river, stream, reservoir, wetland, pond or The Hudson River. A common denominator of all residents is the storm drain system in the street near our homes. Unaware, people may think that the waste goes to our sewage disposal plants, but pollutants instead go into storm drains and thus into our streams and rivers. The problem includes yard waste, paint, waste oil, pesticides, pet droppings and other household hazardous waste.
The County Division of Environmental Resources Department was eager to protect Rockland County's water resources from such pollution by initiating the Storm Drain Marker Program. We created a low-tech, educational project that would emanate like a ripple in a pond - neighborhood to neighborhood. The program assists citizens and municipalities to apply storm drain markers at local storm drains. The 2-1/2 inch, round, plastic markers carry the message, "No Dumping Drains to Stream," and feature a picture of a fish. An educational brochure for distribution to residents accompanies the markers.
All supplies are free to participants. Markers and glue are funded by United Water New York.
When people see the words, "No Dumping, Drains to stream," and read the brochure, they will get the message that each of us can help to safeguard our water supply by ensuring, "only rain goes down the drain."
For more information, click on the Storm Drain Marking Program Brochure.