Scouts label storm drains
Part of the Outdoor code for Boy Scouts is “to be clean in my outdoor manner, be considerate in the outdoors, and be conservation minded.”
Troop 370 exemplified this code in Oak Harbor, when members labeled more than 80 storm drains with a marker that stated, “No Dumping, Drains to Lake.”
Prior to the event, Becky Simpson, staff member from the Ottawa Soil & Water Conservation District, provided the educational markers and discussed how that after a rain event, the water will either soak into the ground or run off.
“As we increase development and impervious surfaces, such as roadways and parking lots, we also increase the amount of water running off the land and entering our storm drains,” Simpson said. “Many storm drains have historically led to the sewer system, however with the increased amount of large rainfall events, this has led to an increase of combined sewer overflow problems. This has resulted in beaches being closed because of the amount of E.coli found in the water.”
Both the Village of Oak Harbor and the City of Port Clinton have been proactive by disconnecting many of their storm drains from the sewer system, Simpson noted. “Now that many storm drains lead directly to a water body, the residents of this community have a bigger part to play in keeping our water clean.”
Along with troop 370, the Conservation District thanked the Village of Oak Harbor, which provided the maps of the storm drains, and Pizza Hut, which donated lunch for all the participants.
To learn more about how to help, or to arrange for an OSWCD speaker in a classroom or at a public event, call 419-898-1595.
Food preservation meeting
Those interested in learning how to preserve fresh foods at home are invited to join the Ohio Farm Bureau for a live online meeting July 16 at 7 p.m.
The event is free and open to the public. Registration is required by July 15. To register, visit OurOhio.org and click “Food Preservation Web Meeting.”
“People want to preserve the excess food from their garden to enjoy year-round,” said Janet Cassidy, OFBF senior director of marketing and communications. “Meeting attendees will learn how to use water bath canning and freezing techniques.”
Cassidy will be joined by Linnette Goard, food specialist in food safety, Ohio State University Extension. Participants can submit questions before and during the event.
For more information about the OFBF, or to join, visit GrowWithFB.org.
Jr. Fair Livestock Sale
The 2013 Ottawa County Jr. Fair Livestock Sale will be held Friday, July 19 starting at 9 a.m. at the Ottawa County Fairgrounds, 7870 SR 163, Oak Harbor.
Among the youths participating in the sale will be 15-year-old Rebecca Giesler, who will be selling her dairy beef feeder. Giesler, a sophomore at Woodmore High School, has been a part of 4-H and a member of the Carroll-n-Company 4-H Club since the third grade.
Those who are not able to make the sale but would like to support the Ottawa County 4-H youth may make a donation to the Buyers Club, which will raise the premium bids for the youths participating.
Rain barrel sale
The Ottawa Soil & Water Conservation District is offering 55-gallon rain barrels for sale for a special price of $50.
Rain barrels provide numerous benefits to homeowners as well as the environment. They reduce runoff into waterways, help keep yards and basements from flooding, and provide a naturally soft source of water devoid of chlorine and chemicals that are found in city water.
Call the Ottawa SWCD at 419-898-1595 for more information.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has announced more than $14.7 million will be awarded to 23 states under the Clean Vessel Act (CVA) grant program in 2013, with more than $900,000 going to the Service’s Midwest Region.
Using a $533,315 grant, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Watercraft plans to install one new pumpout facility at the West Harbor Marina in Ottawa County along Lake Erie and a new pumpout and one floating restroom at the Cincinnati Transient Marina in Hamilton County along the Ohio River.