Tips

How to Build a Rain Garden

Building a rain garden is a great way to reduce storm water pollution while also providing an excellent water source for a garden in your own backyard. A rain garden is designed to be a self-watering garden that receives and channels storm water run-off from the roof. To get started on building your own rain […]

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Everyday Tips for Trash Reduction

A majority of the waste produced within residential homes consists of recyclable paper, aluminum, glass and plastic. Here are some tips on how you can reduce the amount of trash produced in your home.        

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Zero Waste Grocery Shopping

Food packaging can make up a large portion of weekly waste in any household. Many people make weekly visits to the grocery store and don’t realize it’s one of the easiest and biggest ways to make an impact. Here are some tips to reduce waste with each trip to the grocery store:   Ask yourself […]

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Construction BMP Tip: Slope Protection

Do you have adequate protection on your slopes to minimize the potential for erosion during construction activity? Implementing effective best management practices (BMPs) to temporary stabilize disturbed soil on slopes should be considered during construction activities to reduce the potential for erosion which can result in polluted discharges. The purpose of slope protection during construction […]

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Rainy Season Tips to Protect Our Storm Drains

It’s “winter” in Hawaii, what’s known as our rainy season. While the rains replenish the islands’ water sources, revitalize our forests and gardens, and refresh our watersheds, they also have the potential to wash pollutants into our storm drains, which can end up in our ocean. We can all do our part to help storm […]

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DIY Green Cleaners

It’s easier than you think to keep your home clean and protect our storm drains at the same time with homemade, environmentally friendly household cleaners. Here are some recipes with ingredients that you probably already have.      

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How to Build a Rain Barrel

Water Harvesting Humans have been harvesting rainwater for as long as history has been recorded. Records show that rainwater cisterns were in use in ancient societies across the globe dating back to at least 3,000 years ago. China, Egypt, and Rome all had sophisticated collection systems for storing water, and the Romans actually used a […]

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How to Choose Plants for a Rain Garden

In our July e-newsletter, we shared some tips on how to create a rain garden. One very important aspect of a rain garden is the flowers and shrubbery that are planted within it, which help to absorb the water and filter out impurities before they seep underground. Not all plants are appropriate; the ones that […]

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How to Build a Rain Garden

It happens every time a heavy downpour occurs – rainwater flows out of your home’s downspouts, sending streams of water across your lawn and driveway, where it collects fertilizer, dirt, debris, and chemicals, and then runs into the storm drain. Storm water runoff is a huge source of water pollution, so preventing as much of […]

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Tips For Reducing Storm Water Runoff From Your Yard

As many are aware, storm water runoff from yards has the potential to wash debris, fertilizers, and other pollutants down drains and into our water sources. But few know about how we can limit that runoff, thereby helping to protect our precious streams, rivers, and ocean. Here are a few tips on reducing storm water […]

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