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Bacteria at the Beach

Posted on June 30, 2014 by | Comments Off

at-the-beach-1445396-1-mThe results are in! Did your favorite beach come out on top? The National Resources Defense Council just released their 24th annual “Testing the Waters” report.  This report presents water quality at beaches along the Atlantic & Pacific Oceans, the Gulf of Mexico and the Great Lakes.  Thankfully, some of our Virginia and North Carolina beaches are shining stars for water quality.  But that’s not always the case. 

Have you ever heard about a section of beach being closed off due to high bacteria levels? It happens, even here in beautiful Hampton Roads. High bacteria in our waterways can be attributed to stormwater pollution (like dog poop left on the ground!) and untreated sewage spills and overflows. If you swim in water that has high bacteria levels you could get the stomach flu, pink eye, dysentery, hepatitis or other serious medical problems. Major gross out! 

So how can we make sure our local waterways stay healthy? askHRGreen is full of tips! Even if you don’t live on the water, your actions still directly affect the health of our waterways. So here are a few tips to keep you from being part of the problem:

  • Scoop the Poop: Never leave dog waste on the ground, even in your own back yard.  Scoop it, bag it, trash it!
  • Plant More Plants:  It’s better to have more plants than hard surfaces in your yard to allow stormwater to be absorbed and filtered into the ground.  Plants have a great way of removing pollutants from water before it reaches our waterways
  • Keep Fats, Oils, & Grease Out of the Drain: When poured down the drain, fats, oils and grease (FOG) build up on pipe walls, restricting the flow of wastewater exiting our home’s plumbing and, over time, causing sewer overflows into our homes or onto our streets, down storm drains, and into local waterways.  Instead, pour FOG into a container, cover, freeze, and trash it on garbage day.

 

Posted in: Beautification, Don't litter!, Fats, oils and grease disposal, Uncategorized

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Norfolk Volunteers Dedicated to a Clean Community

Posted on June 24, 2014 by | Comments Off

askHRgreen Great American Cleanup 2014The Norfolk community really gave it their all for the Great American Cleanup this year! To celebrate the season of spring cleaning and greening in communities across America, the City of Norfolk and Keep Norfolk Beautiful hosted and organized a variety of events from March to June. Activities included neighborhood and park cleanups like those in Ingleside and Villa Heights, education and outreach during Lafayette RiverFest, wetland grass planting in Colley Bay, cigarette litter prevention outreach, several recycling events, many waterway cleanups and lots of beautification through planting trees and flowers or sprucing up existing gardens. Phew, I’m exhausted after just listing all those activities! The Norfolk community truly shows a dedication to making their city a great place to live. Clean Community Coordinator, Lisa Renée Jennings, shared with askHRgreen the results of their hard work during the Great American Cleanup:

  • There were 70 individual events in Norfolk for the Great American Cleanup
  • Over 2,500 volunteers came out and made the events successful
  • 49,610 pounds of litter and debris were removed from neighborhoods and waterways
  • Over 3,000 plants were added to the community including the new wetland grasses in Colley Bay
  • Over 400 gallons of household hazardous waste chemicals were safely collected and disposed of properly

Great job, Norfolk! You should all be proud of your efforts to Keep Norfolk Beautiful!

Volunteers cleanup in Ocean View
Photo Credit: Keep Norfolk Beautiful

 

Volunteers cleanup in Ocean View
Photo Credit: Keep Norfolk Beautiful

 

USFF volunteers cleaned up 23rd Street
Photo Credit: Keep Norfolk Beautiful

 

Improvements to the Eco Garden
Photo Credit: Keep Norfolk Beautiful

 

Ladies of Distinction cleanup the Hague River
Photo Credit: Keep Norfolk Beautiful

 

The Eastern Stars cleanup Virginia Beach Blvd
Photo Credit: Keep Norfolk Beautiful

 

Volunteers plant wetland grasses in Colley Bay
Photo Credit: Keep Norfolk Beautiful

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Posted in: Beautification, Community events, Don't litter!, Gardening, Waterways

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Major Volunteer Effort at Local Park

Posted on June 19, 2014 by | Comments Off

Photo Credit: Friends of Indian River

Photo Credit: Friends of Indian River

Friends of Indian River kicked off the month of June with a huge burst of civic pride and environmental stewardship. With help from partners and individuals from the community, 180 volunteer hours were logged in Indian River Park in just 2 days.

The volunteer effort started on June 6th with 20 volunteers from Friends of Indian River partnering with a crew from Banyan Grove apartments in Virginia Beach. Together, they planted trees and shrubs around the new parking area in the Rokeby Avenue and Main Street area of the park. Chesapeake Parks & Recreation also supported the effort by providing native trees, compost, and a water truck. And thanks to local Virginia Cooperative Extension Agent, Mike Andrucyzk, trees and shrubs were obtained from the nursery at the Chesapeake Arboretum. Several Chesapeake Master Gardeners and Parks & Recreation maintenance crew members were also on hand to provide expert advice and assistance. Plantings included a screen of Atlantic White Cedars and several Bald Cypresses (the official Chesapeake City tree) with mulched beds. Over the summer, work will continue to improve the park including new amenities such as picnic tables, railing, an information kiosk, and a native plant demonstration garden.

Photo Credit: Friends of Indian River

Photo Credit: Friends of Indian River

But hey, that was just Day 1! On Saturday, June 7th many of the same volunteers returned to the park for Clean the Bay Day, an annual event from the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. Clean the Bay Day is a fun, hands-on way  for citizens all across Virginia to help our local waterways be healthy and litter-free. For this cleanup, Friends of Indian River had 40 volunteers descend on the park to clean up trash and litter. Volunteers came from various groups including the Tidewater Master Naturalists, the Cub Scouts, Centura College, and Kempsville Presbyterian Church. While the trails in the park are well kept and usually free of litter, Friends of Indian River President, Rogard Ross explained that each year a significant amount of litter gets washed down stream and is spread over the marshy areas of the park. Much of the litter is thoughtlessly discarded bottles, cans, food wrappers, and cigarette butts that are washed in from the surrounding neighborhoods by stormwater. Stormwater carries litter and other pollutants through the storm drains and out into local waterways. Volunteers pulled out nearly 1,000 pounds of trash from the park including (winner of the oddest item award) a 10′ kiddie slide!

Photo Credit: Friends of Indian River

Photo Credit: Friends of Indian River

 

Photo Credit: Friends of Indian River

Photo Credit: Friends of Indian River

Thank you to all the volunteers who helped clean up Indian River Park in June! It’s quite amazing how a hardworking group of dedicated citizens can make such big a difference in their community. Find out how you can support Friends of Indian River by visiting them online for more information or finding out more about a local watershed restoration group in your community right here on askHRgreen.

 

 

Posted in: Beautification, Community events, Don't litter!

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Do Good, Have Fun this Friday!

Posted on June 17, 2014 by | Comments Off

Photo Courtesy of Eco Discovery Park

Photo Courtesy of Eco Discovery Park

A party that gives back to the community by improving the environment? Who would want to miss that?!?

America’s leading beer brand, Bud Light has partnered with Keep America Beautiful and Keep Virginia Beautiful to encourage Hampton Roads adults to do some good while having some fun at the Bud Light “Do Good. Have Fun.” volunteer project on Friday, June 20th at Eco Discovery Park in Williamsburg. The “Do Good. Have Fun.” series engages consumers coast-to-coast in community refreshment projects. Tapping Keep America Beautiful’s national network of community-based affiliates, Bud Light will bring people together all summer long for various hands-on projects in their local areas. Volunteers (21 and older) are encouraged to sign up online for projects in their community.  Planned projects for the June 20th event at Eco Discovery Park include:

  • Building a permanent pavilion with a green roof on the premises (where a tent is currently)
  • Improvements to the demonstration garden
  • Trail building and clearing area for the trail
  • Sprucing up their demonstration exhibits by painting
  • General clean-up: litter pickup, brush removal, raking, etc.
  • Painting of the restrooms
  • Building the fence and framing of the future recycling center
  • Painting/staining areas near the marina

This is definitely a can’t miss event! So if you are up for whatever make sure you sign up now!

Posted in: Beautification, Community events, Don't litter!

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Litter-Free Campaign Underway in Newport News

Posted on June 12, 2014 by | Comments Off

Marriott Adopt-A-Spot VolunteersDuring the month of June, the City of Newport News is embarking on a Keep Newport News Litter-Free campaign and residents, businesses, churches, neighborhoods, and civic groups are encouraged to host their own community clean-up projects.  Groups of all sizes, no matter how small or large, can participate in this effort by cleaning up an area of their community.  The city will provide bags and litter grabbers, and will even come out and pick up the collected trash.  In a partnership with Adams Outdoor Advertising, residents will also see billboards throughout the city promoting this campaign to Keep Newport News Litter-Free.

Please Contact the 311 Customer Contact Center at (757) 933-2311 or 311@nngov.com to participate.   311 can also provide citizens with information about the Adopt-A-Spot program for those who are interested in holding clean-ups year around.

This blog post contributed by Dan Baxter, Business Recycling Coordinator with the City of Newport News.

 

Posted in: Community events, Don't litter!

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