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Cleaner Streams Program


Cleaner Streams Program: We need your help to protect our lakes and streams!

Cleaner Streams Program logoThe City of Lincoln Watershed Management Division and Keep Lincoln-Lancaster County Beautiful (KLLCB) are working to help keep our streams, lakes, and creeks beautiful. You can be a part of the effort too by volunteering to conduct a Stream Clean-up, Adopt-a-Stream, or be part of the Stormwater Street Team.

Why Get Involved?

Everyone in the community can take an active role in assuring the well being of the Lincoln community and its water resources. Water pollution affects every one of us. By getting involved as a volunteer, community members can help reduce surface water pollution, improve the riparian and aquatic habitats, improve stream aesthetics, provide for a more sustainable stream, and learn more about our local ecosystems.

Who Can Participate?

This volunteer program is designed for volunteer groups, scouting groups, youth organizations, neighborhood associations, churches, and anyone who is concerned about the condition of the city's waterways and willing to commit time and energy for storm drain marking or organizing a stream clean-up. Volunteers must be at least 19 years of age or volunteering with a supervising adult.

Stream Clean-up

Volunteer to collect litter from a local stream to keep waterways healthy and beautiful.

Oak Lake Cleanup Event, July 9, 2011

Cleaning up your local stream establishes a connection between citizens and the stream that runs through there community. Therefore, community members are able to see, first hand, the impacts of their cleanup efforts on the overall condition of the stream's habitat and water quality.

As a secondary activity, volunteers can test the quality of the water for its pH, dissolved oxygen, temperature and turbidity. This opens a conversation about basic stream ecology and chemistry.

Time commitment:
You can volunteer for as much time as fits in your schedule. The average time spent depends on the size of group and area of clean-up.
What you need:
Trash bags, gloves, informational documents, and record sheets are available by contacting the Stream Clean-up Coordinator.
When:
Volunteers may perform stream cleanup duties at any time, but must notify the coordinator regarding when a stream cleanup is planned.
Contact the Stream Clean-up Coordinator prior to volunteering to fill out registration materials, identify a clean up location, and obtain clean up materials.
To volunteer for a stream clean-up, contact:
Ellen Wright
Environmental Health Educator
City of Lincoln, Public Works and Utilities
Watershed Management Division
949 West Bond Street, Suite 200
Lincoln, NE 68521
402-441-7075
ewright@lincoln.ne.gov
Adopt-a-Stream

Volunteer a group to maintain a section of stream.

Cleanup event at Holmes Lake

Adopting a stream ensures ownership on the health and beautify of a small stream section in Lincoln.

Time commitment: You can volunteer for as much time as fits in your schedule. The average time spent depends on the size of group and area of clean-up.

To volunteer for a stream clean-up, contact:
Ellen Wright
Environmental Health Educator
City of Lincoln, Public Works and Utilities
Watershed Management Division
949 West Bond Street, Suite 200
Lincoln, NE 68521
402-441-7075
ewright@lincoln.ne.gov
Stormwater Street Team

The goal of the Stormwater Awareness Program is to mark all 15,000 city storm drains with the "No Dumping - Drains to Creek" message

Volunteers apply glue to a storm drain marker

Would you ever pour chemicals directly into a stream or drinking supply? It is hard to believe, but people actually dump chemicals down the storm drain inlets that collect the runoff and flow directly into our local creeks, streams, and lakes.

To best protect our watersheds, the public needs to become more aware of the connection between our storm drains and watersheds. Storm drain markers remind people that only rain should go into the drain.

The Stormwater Street Team program is a proactive and positive way for volunteers to serve their community and improve the quality of the environment. Families, clubs, organizations or individuals are welcome to volunteer.

Please contact the Storm Drain Marking Coordinator to volunteer and for more information.

To volunteer for Stormwater Street Team, contact:
Keep Lincoln Lancaster County Beautiful (KLLCB)
3140 N. Street
Lincoln, NE 68508
402-441-8035
kllcb@lincoln.ne.gov

More information on storm drain marking InterLinc Site

Interested in getting involved? (87 K) PDF Document

5 things that you can do to have Cleaner Streams:
1. Use no/low phosphorous fertilizer.
2. Apply fertilizer and pesticide sparingly.
3. Properly dispose of pet waste.
4. Fix your vehicles fluid leaks.
5. Use a mulching mower.

For more information on pollutants in our streams see: Local Water Quality

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