Happy 45th Earth Day!
For fun today, here is the full length version of the documentary Earth Days. A film about the history of the environmental movement in the United States.
With this year’s projected drought, several of you have asked me to send out information about rain barrels. I have put together a list of resources.
On April 17, 2015 Governor Jay Inslee declared a drought in 13 additional river basins in Washington state. Governor expands drought emergency to include more Washington river basins
The drought declarations bring to 24 the total number of Washington’s watersheds in drought emergencies, 44 percent of the total area of the state. The web page is updated with current information: http://www.ecy.wa.gov/drought/index.html
Here are resources to conserve water by the use of rain barrels at home:
· Siteline Institute, “Legalizing It (Your Rain Barrel)” http://daily.sightline.org/2011/07/14/legalizing-it-your-rain-barrel/
· Washington State Department of Ecology Focus Sheet on Rainwater Interpretive Policyhttps://fortress.wa.gov/ecy/publications/publications/0911026.pdf
· Skagit County PUD Rain Barrel Program http://www.skagitpud.org/conservation/rain-barrels/
· Northwest Rain Solutions is a company that helps people to set up rain water conservation systems, they are located in Bellinghamhttp://www.nwrainsolutions.com/
· Skagit Farmer’s Supply sells 50 gallon food grade rain barrels, those with spigots and those without. Those with one spigot sell for $39, those with two sell for $42. Those with no spigots are also $39. Skagit Farmer’s Supply, now blended with Ace Hardware, also sells all the parts to place a spigot onto any food grade barrel. Contact a store nearest to you. Locations in Sedro Woolley, Mount Vernon, Burlington, and Stanwoodhttp://www.skagitfarmers.com/ContactUs.htm
· Rain gardens. Resources for creating one in your yard. Great website. http://www.12000raingardens.org/resources/
Other websites of interest regarding drought
· Climate Impacts Resource Consortium http://pnwcirc.org/
· The National Integrated Drought Information System http://www.drought.gov/drought/
· National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/sotc/drought/
I hope this informs you, and helps you begin backyard water conservation if you don’t already have a system in place. Rain barrels are great fun, look cool, and conserve a very precious resource.
“One final paragraph of advice: do not burn yourselves out. Be as I am - a reluctant enthusiast....a part-time crusader, a half-hearted fanatic. Save the other half of yourselves and your lives for pleasure and adventure. It is not enough to fight for the land; it is even more important to enjoy it.” –Edward Abbey
Skagit County Public Works-Solid Waste Division
Waste Reduction/Recycling Education Specialist
14104 Ovenell Rd.
Mount Vernon, WA 98273
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