Wednesday, May 27, 2020

SLA: Don’t Flush Wipes; Pollution Prevention Institute Gives Grants;
Urges Water Smart Landscapes

In a bulletin issued by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) on May 15th, the public was advised to not flush wipes or other garbage into the sewer system. Certain materials flushed down toilets can damage sewer systems. They can also wreak havoc on wastewater treatment operations, or private septic systems, even when they are labeled as flushable.

Correcting the damage is expensive, so do not flush any of the items such as diapers, baby wipes, paper napkins, disinfectant wipes or personal hygiene products, no matter how small. Instead, throw them in the trash. These efforts could save you from plenty of wasted dollars and lots of heartache.
Deadline Approaching for Pollution 

Prevention Institute Community Grants

The New York State Pollution Prevention Institute (NYSP2I) is accepting applications for its Community Grants Program 2020-2021 for pollution prevention outreach and education projects. Eligible groups include community organizations and local government agencies based in New York State. The program is designed to support initiatives that raise awareness and understanding of environmental issues and that lead to adoption of sustainable practices. Applications are due May 29, 2020.
Water Smart Landscapes

DEC encourages landowners to consider planting water-smart landscapes to conserve water this summer. If you are designing a new landscape or rethinking your current one, EPA’s WaterSense webpages can help you plan your landscape and choose plants that are drought tolerant for your area. As an Environmental Protection Agency WaterSense partner, DEC encourages you to find ways to use less water.

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