Malletts Creek Restoration Project: Getting Involved
- Join the Malletts Creek Association
- Household Hazardous Waste
- Lawn Care
- Save Water
- Help Keep Storm Drains Clear
- Washing and Car Repair
- Become a Creek Steward
- Join Community Partners for Clean Steams
1. JOIN THE MALLETTS CREEK ASSOCIATION
The Malletts Creek Association (MCA) is a group of concerned citizens that live near the creek. The MCA has completed a Management Plan to establish the priorities for the protecting Malletts Creek. The plan was adopted by resolution of the Ann Arbor City Council . If you are interested in learning more about the Malletts Creek Association or need more information about upcoming meetings or projects, E-mail Jesse Gordon (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Fortunately, there are places that dispose of household hazardous wastes safely - you just need to know which items are hazardous and where to take them. Locally there are two main disposal centers:
Washtenaw County Home Toxics Center 705 N. Zeeb Road, Call (734) 971-7356 for an appt.
City of Ann Arbor's Drop-Off Station, 2950 E. Ellsworth Rd. (at Platt). Call (734) 971-7400 for hours.
3. LAWN CARE
Make your landscape "creek friendly" Five Tips For a Healthy Lawn. (Courtesy of the Huron River Watershed Council & City of Ann Arbor Water Utilities Department).
4. SAVE WATER
Check for leaky faucets and turn off the water when brushing teeth to conserve water. Even small leaks add up to a lot of lost water in a small amount of time, so it is important to check and maintain your faucets, toilets, and water-using appliances.
The storm drains in our streets connect to the creek and then to the Huron River. Anything that is carried by rainwater as it flows over our streets - trash, leaves, grass, pesticides, fertilizers, oil and antifreeze from cars, pet wastes, etc. - ends up in the creek and the river. Reducing pollutants carried from rainstorm runoff is one of the biggest hurdles to keeping the creek clean. Unlike the waste water from our homes that is treated by either septic systems or wastewater treatment plants, water entering the storm drains flows directly into the creek, untreated.
The storm drain system was built to prevent flooding of streets and neighborhoods after heavy rainstorms by quickly diverting water to the creeks and river system. Storm drains also carry water during dry weather from activities like car washing and lawn watering.
When washing your auto, direct polluted wash water away from streets and storm drains. Wash your car on your lawn, or better yet - go to a car wash where the drains are connected to a waste water treatment system.
Repair your vehicle only in areas where leaks and spills cannot flow toward storm drains, or better - take it to a mechanic.
To clean up spills and leaks, do not use your hose as a broom. Do not wash or sweep debris, spilled or leaked materials into the storm drain. Instead, try to soak up any spills with cat litter or saw dust, sweep them into a plastic bag and place the debris into the trash.
The Huron River Watershed Council's (HRWC) Adopt-A-Stream Program enables adults, friends, families, and interested kids to monitor the quality and become stewards of study sites on the river and its streams. The Program provides educational experiences about the structure and sensitivity of streams, and about actions needed to protect and improve the quality of the river system.
Community Partners for Clean Streams is a cooperative effort between the Washtenaw County Drain Commissioner's Office and Washtenaw County businesses and institutions with a common goal to promote business practices that protect Washtenaw County's watersheds and waterways.