The Stormwater Activity Book is full of games, drawings and short quizzes that teach students about stormwater, pollution and what happens when stormwater runoff flows into the water. Download it here.
Properly Manage Your Boat: Keep Trash, Oil Solvents and Toxicants Out of Our Creek
Did You Know?
• Boat bottom paint and solvents are identified as sources of toxic contaminants in Spa Creek
• A drop of oil can pollute a million drops of fresh water
• A single quart of oil can pollute 250,000 gallons of drinking water
• Everything that washes into gutters and storm drains from your boat ends up in Chesapeake Bay
• Cooperstown, New York is in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed
New Ways to Control Shoreline Erosion and Restore our Creek
In urban environments such as Spa Creek, the shoreline is no longer in a natural state. Buildings and impervious surfaces, such as roads, driveways, sidewalks and parking lots cause storm water to run off, pour pollutants into the Creek and cause erosion. Eroding shorelines in turn, strip our Creek of aquatic life and vegetation.
Tips for Getting Stormwater into the Ground
Did You Know?
Nearly 50 percent of our watershed is covered by impervious, not allowing fluids to pass through, surfaces. That number includes our driveways, sidewalks, patios, rooftops and parking lots. Another way of looking at from an environmental and cost perspective, HALF of our Spa Creek watershed does not allow rainwater to percolate naturally into the ground. This is one of the major challenges Spa Creek and other urban watersheds face today!