When it rains, the water running along the gutters in the street vanishes down storm drains. Where does the water go? The water in a storm drain does not go to a treatment plant. This runoff drains directly into a local stream. All our local streams in Fairfax County feed into the Potomac River, which empties into the Chesapeake Bay. Nothing is removed from the water. That means pet waste, yard debris, fertilizer, motor oil, pesticides and trash all have the potential to flow into our streams and the Chesapeake Bay.
Our volunteers help to reduce storm drain pollution by labelling drains in our local communities with a placard that reminds people that "Only rain should go down the drain." Volunteers will first meet for project orientation with a Conservation District staff member. They will then secure permissions from the homeowner's or civic association where the project will take place, create a newsletter article or door hanger to inform the community about the connection between storm drains and water pollution, and then label the storm drains in the community.
About Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District
12055 Government Center Parkway, Suite 905, Fairfax, VA 22035, US
The Conservation District's goal is to promote clean streams and protected natural resources in Fairfax County, Virginia. Our mission is to lessen the impact of urban/suburban activities on our land and water resources which are vital components of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. We achieve this through effective leadership, technical assistance, and outreach programs in collaboration with government, industry, and the public.
We provide information, technical assistance, educational programs, volunteer opportunities, and newsletters to citizens on many aspects of water quality, nonpoint source pollution, and stream health.
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Neigborhoods throughout Fairfax County, VAFairfax, VA22030