Tag Archives: Water Quality

Time to Put Away the Fertilizer

Are you still applying fertilizer to your lawn?  Or is your lawn care company still coming like clock work to apply chemicals even though you’ve got Christmas lights hanging in the bushes? This late in the season there is really no benefit to applying those chemicals, and you risk polluting local waterways with excessive nitrogen. Read More →

Finding Microplastic Trash in the Chesapeake Bay

Litter is easy to see along the urban shores of the Chesapeake Bay. On any given day, things like food containers, disposable bottles and tangled fishing lines float along almost any stretch of the Anacostia, Potomac, Severn, and Patuxent Rivers. After storms, plastic bags cling to tree branches along streams in those watersheds like socks hung out to dry. There’s Read More →

The Only Thing Fertilizer on the Sidewalk Grows is More Pollution

Here is a simple way to save money and improve water quality in local streams: do not leave fertilizer on the sidewalk. It will not make anything grow, except water pollution. What I mean is, when you are done spreading the fertilizer, go back and check the  sidewalks and driveway.  If you see excess pellets Read More →

Stories about Urban Rivers at the DC Environmental Film Festival

The DC Environmental Film Festival is up and running this week at locations throughout DC.  A lot of this year’s films are focused on urban rivers.  On Sunday, feeling a lot like a salmon swimming upstream, I battled my way through the crowd attending the St. Patrick’s Day parade on Constitution Avenue and slipped into the Read More →

Urban Waters Daily Debuts

Blue Water Baltimore, the non-profit group dedicated to achieving clean water in that city’s rivers, streams and harbor, has decided to publish a round up of news related to the topic of urban waters, called the Urban Waters Daily. For someone like me who is obsessed with urban ecology, this website could quickly become a Read More →

Removing Rx From the Watershed with Federal Help

According to my friends who service on the Montgomery County Water Quality Advisory Group, our county’s recent effort to work with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration on the collection of unused or leftover pharmaceuticals was a success. The collection event occured on September 25 in Rockville and Bethesda and 22 boxes of pharmaceuticals were collected. Read More →