You Make A Difference!You can be the solution to stormwater pollution in your home! Did you know that small steps you take can help protect water quality, keep our beaches clean, and protect our ocean's fish and other animals from getting sick?
Try out these pollution prevention and conservation tips to make a difference at your home or school:
- Pick up pet waste from your yard.
- Don't litter - recycle when you can.
- After yard work, help your parents bag their grass clippings, leaves, and sticks for pick-up.
- Tell your parents when you see any oil or other liquid leaking from their car. Help them use less water when washing their car by turning off the hose when not in use. Always rinse and drain dirty or soapy water in the grass.
- Reduce run off and reuse your rain water! Install a rain barrel to capture water from your roof and re-use the water in your garden when its not raining! By capturing and re-using the run off from your house you can help reduce flood waters that pick up pollution in our yards and keep it from flowing into our creeks.
- Remind friends and family to not dump anything down the storm drain.
Games and ActivitiesHey Kids! We included the links below so we could share the coolest stormwater games, activities, and quizzes we could find with you! Check back often to see what other fun activities we share.
- A Fish's Wish - An activity book for kids on preventing water pollution.
- Beach Kids! - Learn about our local beaches through online games, trivia, and more.
- Play Otto's Great Watershed Rescue and help Otto the River Rat protect water quality at his home. (City of Pontiac, Michigan)
- Stormwater Activity Book - Learn about stormwater through crosswords, mazes, puzzles, and more. (Utah State University Extension)
- Take the EPA's Stormwater Runoff Crossword Challenge!
- Learn about the how water moves above, on, and under the surface of the Earth with Earthguide's Interactive Water Cycle Diagram and Quiz.
For EducatorsInterested in having the Town of Mount Pleasant Water Quality division present at your school, classroom, or public event? We provide information, material, and interactive classroom activities for all age groups. Please contact our NPDES Coordinator at 843-849-2022 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Several other local, state, federal, and non-profit organizations have designed a series of lesson plans to implement stormwater education and water pollution curriculum into the elementary-middle-high school classroom. Lesson plans include worksheets, tutorials for teachers, indoor/outdoor activities, vocabulary/concepts, and more.
- "Teacher Resources for Introducing Urban Stormwater Quality Concepts to the Classroom" (Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment)
- "Protecting Our Water Resources: Student Activities for the Classroom" (Midwest Research Institute, Florida Community College, Florida Department of Environmental Protection, EPA)
- "Educating Young People About Water" - Describes the education process and provides curriculum and materials on a variety of water resource, science, and policy issues.
- "EPA's Wetlands Education Resources" - Wetlands-focused related materials, curriculum and guides, programs, and links you can use in the classroom.
- NOAA's Non-Point Source Pollution Tutorial and Lesson Plans provide excellent information and curriculum for incorporating water pollution education discussions and activities in your classroom.
- "Project Wet" - Worldwide Water Education Resources
- "EPA's Polluted Runoff (Nonpoint Source) Kids Page"
- Water Conservation throughout the Home
- Ashley Cooper Stormwater Education Consortium - working with Clemson's Carolina Clear program this SC program offers local summer camps, educational programs, and activities related to water quality and environmental best practices!