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Cleaner Streams. Grady Erickson City of Lincoln - Lancaster Health Department & Mandi Conway Watershed Management Division. Who We Are. Watershed Management Division Manage stormwater Reduce flood hazards Improve water quality Outreach & Education

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cleaner streams

Cleaner Streams

Grady Erickson

City of Lincoln - Lancaster Health Department


Mandi Conway

Watershed Management Division

who we are
Who We Are
  • Watershed Management Division
    • Manage stormwater
    • Reduce flood hazards
    • Improve water quality
    • Outreach & Education
  • Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department
    • Keep America Beautiful
    • Keep Lincoln-Lancaster County Beautiful
  • Work closely with other entities
what we are doing
What We Are Doing
  • Promoting and educating the importance of clean waterways
    • Help reduce Non-Point Source Pollution
    • Keep streams and lakes clean and beautiful
  • EPA has identified non-point source pollution to be the largest threat to the lakes, rivers, and streams of the United States
    • 70% of all pollution
how does this effect lincoln
How Does This Effect Lincoln?
  • Storm drains don’t treat water for pollutants
  • Streams aren’t capable of protecting themselves against chemical and debris influx
  • Water quality directly affects the health of fish, birds, mammals and plants
  • 5 streams in Lincoln don’t meet EPA standards
pet waste
Pet Waste
  • Illegally dumped down storm drains
    • Storm drains are NOT treated first so waste ends up directly in places such as Holmes Lake
  • Spreads bacteria, illnesses and parasites
    • Ex: E. Coli, cholera and tapeworm
  • EPA classifies pet waste as a dangerous pollutant in the same category as toxic chemicals and oil.
  • One dog can produce 274lbs of waste annually
    • 60 million dogs in U.S. = 16.4 billion lbs each year
    • 36,358 dogs in Lincoln = 9.96 million lbs each year
  • Too much fertilizer isn’t a good thing
    • Plants can only use so many nutrients
  • One pound of excess phosphorus in a lake can create 300-500pounds of algae
  • Algae blooms create hypoxic water
      • Low oxygen = Fish kills
  • N-P-K on bag, P should be 3 or less
  • Do-it-Yourself oil changes dump or spill more oil in a month than major tanker disasters
  • In the U.S. 200 Million Gallonsof used motoroil is improperly disposed of,Annually
      • The BP Oil Spill and Exxon Valdez Disaster have released 211 Million Gallons. Those occurred 21 Years Apart
  • One quart of motor oil can contaminate 250,000 Gallons of drinking water
  • When poured into water, one quart of motor oil can form an oil slick covering 9,680square yards (almost 2 football fields)
  • Eroding soils create sediment which can change the flow of streams and add unwanted nutrients and microorganisms
    • Sediment pollution causes $16Billion in environmental damage annually.
  • Grass clippings, leaves and organic debris add excess nutrients to water
  • Trash can be appealing to many animals, they can become entangled or ingest them and suffer severe consequences
our city
Our City
  • 5 Streams in the Lincoln area do not meet EPA standards.
  • All streams and lakes impaired in some way
what will cleaner streams volunteers do
What Will Cleaner Streams Volunteers Do?
  • Spend 2 – 3 hours picking up litter in and around a stream
  • Sample water for pH, oxygen, turbidity, and temperature
  • Learn about our lakes and streams!
things you will do if you join swap
Things You Will Do If You Join SWAP
  • Mark storm drains with “No Dumping: Drains to Creek” emblem
  • Survey conditions of storm drains
  • Help clean areas around storm drains and some waterways (i.e. neighborhoods)
  • Distribute door hangers to Homes in neighborhoods to educate families
we need you
We Need You!