By Mike Hug
Just as we prepare our homes for the rainy season, we
should prepare SLAC as well. Cleaning up trash and debris that can be
washed away by rainwater prevents pollution of our environment. You can
help by simply cleaning up your immediate work area.
Here Comes the Rain
As winter approaches, we prepare our homes before it
starts raining. We cover our patio furniture and barbeques, remove leaves
from the gutters and pick up junk in the yard. Completing these chores not
only improves the appearance of our homes, it also reduces runoff
This work area could use some tidying up.
(Photo by Mike Hug)
Similarly, preparing SLAC for the rainy season will
prevent damage to the fragile wilderness around the site. Rainwater can
carry pollution such as cigarette butts, packing peanuts, debris and oil
into storm water catch basins located throughout the site. Catch basins are openings in the ground within paved
areas or in curbs next to the road. Because rainwater is not treated,
trash and debris goes directly into San Francisquito Creek, then into San
What Will Happen Here When it Rains?
You can help protect the environment by preventing
pollution from flowing into SLAC catch basins. Cleaning up outdoor areas
is the single most important contribution you can make to reduce runoff
pollution. Look around your work area and ask, "What will happen here when
it rains?" You will likely find potential pollution that can be avoided by
taking simple clean-up actions now.
If you have questions about how to prepare your area for
the rainy season, or if you need help with housekeeping arrangements,
please contact Mike Hug of the Environmental Protection and Restoration
Department (Ext. 4042, firstname.lastname@example.org).