2018-2021 Archive

High Winds in our High Desert

Oct 28, 2020 at 2:04pm

Prevent pollution from migrating through our High Desert

The High Desert is home to strong, gusty winds this time of year. In an instant, our yards and streets become filled with litter and debris. If left on the ground, these pollutants can be blown into storm drains and the Mojave River which can impact our watershed. Luckily, there are things we can do to prevent litter from flying around our community and harming our waterways.

Host a Neighborhood Cleanup
We’ve said it once and we’ll say it again – if we all picked up one piece of trash, we could make a big difference to keep our watershed clean. Now think about how much more could be done if we worked together. There is power in numbers, so we suggest coordinating a safe, socially-distant neighborhood cleanup. Take garbage bags, trash grabbers and gloves to a place with lots of litter and get to work! Don’t forget to separate recyclables and take them to a local recycling center. When you’re all done, send us a picture of your clean up crew – we’d love to see your progress and give you a shout out on social media.

Secure Your Bins
Don’t let your bins topple. Chasing a rogue trash can down the road is the worst. To avoid this series of unfortunate events, buy a 10-pound weight to secure your bin. Strap the weights under the bin using bungee cords and you’re all set.

Bring in Any Loose Decorations
Did you hang Halloween decorations? Remember to take them down as soon as the holiday ends. Decorations can fly away and end up in our waterways. Protect our watershed’s health with this little step and keep the High Desert pollution free!

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