Richmond Regional Pet Waste Campaign
The goal of the Richmond Regional Pet Waste Committee is to educate the public about the environmental impacts of pet waste and the importance of picking up after pets. The committee was formed in response to many of the area's rivers and streams being impaired by bacteria, including bacteria from pet waste. The committee also aims to create uniformity in the information on pet waste that is being spread by the localities in the Richmond area.
The PUP Club was formed by the committee as a way to recognize pet owners that are doing their party by picking up after pets and properly disposing of the waste.
James River Watershed Education Activity Sheets
The Roundtable was awarded a Chesapeake Bay Restoration Fund Grant supporting the creation of educational activity sheets for children. The activity sheets educate children and adults about watersheds and pollution prevention; the activity sheets are suitable for diners, family-style restaurants, community centers, churches and schools. One of the main goals of this project is to reach a diverse audience throughout the watershed. There are over 62,000 sheets ready to be distributed across the James River watershed.
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The activity sheet is designed to be an interactive way to educate and entertain children. The front of the sheet can be colored and allows for children to pinpoint everyday human activities and animals that impact the James River. The back portion of the sheet contains activities that connect children to the watershed including an educational and engaging pollution word search.
Storm Drain Markers
Storm drains are not trashcans. Water flows untreated from our storm drains into our rivers. Therefore any waste dumped into a storm drain will be carried directly into the water that we rely on for drinking and recreating. If we remember, "only rain down the drain" and we keep our trash, waste, motor oil, pet waste and chemicals out of our storm drains, we can do our part to improve local water quality.
The Middle James Roundtable had curb markers designed to label storm drains in the Middle James Watershed. These markers can be adhered to the sidewalk, curb or grate and are an easily visible reminder that our storm drains flow directly into the river untreated.
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The Middle James Roundtable’s Education and Outreach Working Group had coasters designed that are being distributed to local restaurants throughout the watershed. These coasters include five ways to help the James River.
Five Ways to Help the James River
There are countless things that we can do to improve water quality in our rivers and streams. There are five examples.
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