Just imagine . . .
One quart of oil can cause a slick the size of two football fields on the Boise River! Every year people pour hazardous chemicals, paints, pesticides, antifreeze and used motor oil down storm drains. Most of them don't realize that those drains dump waste materials directly into the river and ground water. These materials damage the water quality and affect fish, wildlife, and recreational opportunities.
Here's what you can do!
Mark your storm drains. Storm drain marking is a visual reminder that storm drains are for stormwater only. Marking involves people in the community, educates residents, and increases awareness about the importance of the river and the environment. Its also a great opportunity to work with friends and neighbors or earn community service hours.
How to get started
- Contact the Boise WaterShed to reserve the marking kits and find out which areas need marking. For areas outside of Boise and Garden City limits, contact Jason Korn, Ada County Highway District (ACHD), at 208-387-6269 or send an e-mail to JKorn@achdidaho.org.
- Organize your neighbors, church group, scout troop, club, or classroom.
- Pick a day when the weather is dry and the temperatures are between 40-100 degrees.
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