News and Tribune

June 9, 2013

River Sweep to wrap up Stormwater week in area

Other events set in Floyd County

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> SOUTHERN INDIANA —

The Floyd County and New Albany stormwater departments, along with the Southern Indiana Stormwater Advisory Committee, has designated June 10-16 as Stormwater Awareness Week throughout Southern Indiana. 

Stormwater runoff typically drains without filtration or treatment to and through waterways and can pick up pollutants such as pesticides, fertilizers, oils, grease and eroded soils. These pollutants have been identified as the largest single source of water contamination in the nation’s waterways.

Pursuant to the EPA’s National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System, the SISWAC along with Floyd County and New Albany stormwater departments have implemented a Stormwater Management Program to control polluted stormwater runoff. Public education and community involvement help to minimize and control the amount of nonpoint runoff pollutants, which is an essential component of stormwater management plans.

There will be several events during the week to help clean up the waterways and the environment. For information go to siswac.org or call 812-949-5446 or 812-945-1989. 

Events are listed below:

TODAY, JUNE 10

Canvassing the county to put up Stormwater Awareness Week signs.

Tuesday, June 11 

Prescription drop-off at Floyd Memorial Hospital and Health Services in New Albany, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the emergency room/prescription drop-off entrance.

Wednesday, June 12 

Canvassing selected neighborhoods in Floyd County with information.

Thursday, June 13 

Household hazardous waste drop-off, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. behind the sewer plant along Main Street, New Albany.

Friday, June 14 

Stormwater Awareness Day at the car wash. Go to Jacobi Gas Station in Floyd County and receive $1 off any car wash.

Saturday, June 15 

ORSANCO 2013 Ohio River Sweep, New Albany Amphitheater, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

 

CLARK COUNTY RIVER SWEEP

As part of stormwater awareness week, volunteers are being sought from the community, civic and student organizations, scouts and any other organization to help with the Clark County Ohio River and Silver Creek sweep. The river sweep is set for 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, June 15.

Check-in locations include Falls of the Ohio State Park, Ashland Park, Lapping Park and Charlestown State Park. Gloves, trash bags, bottled water, a free ORSANCO T-shirt and free admission to the Falls of the Ohio State Park will be given to those who volunteer.

In addition, Clarksville Police Department will be offering a pharmaceutical drop off at Ashland Park to allow individuals to safely dispose of unused medications. For more information contact Clark County Ohio River Sweep Coordinator Carol Huff at 812-283-8233 ext. 103.