Fall Water Quality: Doing Your Part in Kalamazoo and Battle Creek

Fall in the Kalamazoo and Battle Creek Area comes with a lot to love, and as we move farther into the season, it’s time for many of us to get serious about leaf clean up. Now that the trick-or-treaters have moved on, and most of the leaves have come down, fall clean up should take priority and not just for aesthetic reasons. Consider this your wake up call to finally get moving on cleaning up your yard.

Helping Protect Your Neighborhood’s Water

Leaf blower action blowing crispy color fall leaves into a pile

Nature is well suited to handle the influx of nutrients that come with naturally falling leaves and other organic material that falls during autumn. Problems occur, however, when these leaves encounter the built environment — like roofs, paved streets and sidewalks. Rather than decomposing back into the ground, debris gets swept off concrete and asphalt surfaces and down storm drains or blown into local waterways, creating an unnatural balance of nutrients in the water table.

This can impact not only the organisms that live and depend on local streams and rivers, but the overall quality of the water that eventually makes it into our own taps and homes.

How Leaf Litter Impacts Water Quality

Leaves especially impact water quality by contributing to an abnormally high buildup of phosphorus and nitrogen, which can trigger sometimes toxic algae blooms and other issues in the water ecosystem. This disruption in the chemical balance of water can even contribute to the growth of certain bacteria, like cyanobacteria, that can be harmful for human consumption.

This puts a strain on local water municipalities struggling to filter out water problems, and address issues with local water quality. The good news is, you can help with your own neighborhood’s stormwater management. 

Keep your water, and your local water ecosystem, as fresh and clean as possible.

Protect Your Local Water: What You Can Do

The biggest impact you can make at home to help keep your water safe and high quality is to collect and properly dispose of leaves in and around your home and yard. Many cities offer leaf collection specifically for this purpose, so it’s worth a call or a visit to your city’s utility to find out when leaf pick up is scheduled for your area.

Many other organizations, like the Boy Scouts or local elementary schools also collect leaves as part of fundraising efforts, so you can explore those options if you’ve missed a city-run leaf collection deadline. You can also feel good about doing your part to keep your water, and your local water ecosystem, as fresh and clean as possible.

If you have additional concerns about your water quality, or if you’re worried about the amount of leaf litter in your area, you can always talk to your Culligan of Kalamazoo and Battle Creek. We’re here to help you learn about options for filtering your water to ensure you have great tasting, clean water in your home, no matter the season.

 

Works Consulted:

https://www.wateronline.com/doc/the-fall-of-water-quality-blame-it-on-the-leaves-0001

https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10533-014-0016-9

https://www.pca.state.mn.us/living-green/dont-let-leaves-litter-lakes

https://www.usgs.gov/news/removal-fallen-leaves-can-improve-urban-water-quality

48 Responses

  1. Shaun says:

    We work together http://www.vivereateneo.it/stmap_12eo60h.html augmentin costco “There are certain movies and music and books that go into your subconscious, and adults and children just really connected with ‘The Wizard of Oz,’ ” says Willard Carroll, author of 2001’s “I, Toto: The Autobiography of Terry, the Dog Who Was Toto,” which was rereleased last week.

  2. Patrick says:

    One moment, please https://sirgentlemandriver.com/stmap_24bgpz1.html pomi tomatoes where to buy in canada Franco also quoted from an unnamed friend of Marcelo’s, who said in a statement to police that  Marcelo  “always told me he wanted to become a hired killer. He had a plan to kill his parents during the night, so that no one would notice, and escape in the parents’ car and live in an abandoned place.”

  3. Bruno says:

    On another call http://neonracingteam.com/stmap_24vp6ua.html women&#39s rogaine walmart canada During a recent demonstration in an enclosed lagoon in Grassy Key, a Florida island where the Dolphin Research Center is located, trainer Emily Guarino got Tanner’s attention by asking, “Are you ready to play? Let’s play the research game.”

  4. Morris says:

    Do you play any instruments? https://frambie.com.my/stmap_928ll9l.html dapoxetine (sold under the brand name priligy) Even at a conservative estimate, that is more than the company’s $5.4 billion market capitalization, although analysts say the smartphones that bear its name have little or no value and it might cost $2 billion to shut the unit that makes them.

  5. Kidrock says:

    Have you seen any good films recently? https://ambu-promo.com/stmap_92a2s8z.html lidocaine cream canada “We find very little evidence that stronger age discrimination protections helped older workers weather the Great Recession, relative to younger workers,” the researchers concluded. “The evidence sometimes points in the opposite direction, with stronger state age discrimination protections associated with more adverse effects of the Great Recession on older workers.”

  6. Ayden says:

    When do you want me to start? https://www.rebel-gamers.net/forum/stmap_12e5x8f.html can you buy alli in the uk AMR is scheduled to present its restructuring plan to JudgeSean Lane in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Manhattan on Thursday forfinal approval. In theory, Lane could approve the plan,contingent on the merger going ahead. But experts said the judgeis more likely to impose some sort of delay.

  7. Mike says:

    I’d like to order some foreign currency https://dpr.wu.ac.th/dpr/index.php/stmap_24oawcq.html online viagra uk She insisted once again that she had nothing to do with the murder of Miss Kercher, a Leeds University student who was studying in Perugia for a year, and that the crime was committed solely by Rudy Guede, a small-time local drug dealer who is serving a 16-year prison sentence in an Italian jail.

  8. Kevin says:

    I read a lot https://outlawpsd.com/stmap_248jdq5.html coming off risperdal cold turkey “In 1991, we lost part of the harvest of white (grapes). Prices rose and that made us lose some of our markets. The lesson has been learned,” said Olivier Bernard, head of the Union des Grands Crus de Bordeaux, which promotes nearly 140 of the region’s top producers.

  9. Gianna says:

    Can you put it on the scales, please? http://neonracingteam.com/stmap_92yl6ox.html esomeprazole zentiva Trinity launched a review of is editorial controls andprocedures last August, and had obtained written confirmationfrom its current senior editorial executives that they had notengaged in phone-hacking since the introduction of an Act of lawin 2000.

  10. Harlan says:

    Recorded Delivery https://www.monvinpersonnalise.fr/stmap_921oxfw.html what does generic lexapro cost “What may well happen is a rethinking of national economic policy, not for Europe’s sake but for Germany itself,” said Daniela Schwarzer, head of European research at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP).

  11. Hilton says:

    When do you want me to start? http://www.vivereateneo.it/stmap_12eo60h.html will clomid help me get pregnant with twins “Boeing and Japan are one,” the then-president of BoeingJapan told U.S. officials in 2008, while the company waslobbying successfully for ANA to buy its jets, according to anembassy cable to Washington published by Wikileaks.

  12. Odell says:

    I like it a lot http://www.mdagri-shop.com/stmap_92qzdhm.html cheapest viagra on the net By the time a house is infested, the underground termitenest typically is 300 feet in diameter, hosting several milliontermites with a biomass weight of approximately 30 pounds, theweight of a medium-sized dog.

  13. Antonio says:

    It’s a bad line http://www.mdagri-shop.com/stmap_24vkp4q.html india pharmach buy ventolin on line Obama said he wants to let a civil liberties representativeweigh in on the court’s deliberations to ensure an adversarialvoice is heard. The court, authorized under the ForeignIntelligence Surveillance Act of 1978, has been criticized foressentially rubber stamping the U.S. government’s requests tosearch through Americans’ electronic records.

  14. Alfonso says:

    I stay at home and look after the children https://novaprint.shop/stmap_92cm3ym.html when will generic cymbalta be available in us Dimon has been lauded for keeping JPMorgan Chase profitable during the financial crisis and for rescuing Bear Stearns and Washington Mutual with the help of the government during the financial crisis. But he’s now in unfamiliar territory. In addition to the government lawsuits, some shareholders are wondering if Dimon’s reputation has now been tarnished.

  15. Darwin says:

    I’m on work experience http://www.mdagri-shop.com/stmap_12y6zs3.html buy imitrex generic online no prescription However, Policy Exchange claims that answers to other questions may indicate the possibility of a change of heart if teachers could be convinced that performance-related pay would lead to less paperwork.

  16. Stacey says:

    Get a job https://mrink.fr/stmap_92eq25v.html amoxicillin 250mg 5ml dosage This month, more Mine-Resistant Ambush-Protected vehicles (MRAPs) have found their way from the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq to the Main Streets of America. These are just the latest acquisitions in a growing practice by Pentagon that’s militarizing America’s municipal police forces.

  17. Ulysses says:

    In tens, please (ten pound notes) https://www.rebel-gamers.net/forum/stmap_12e5x8f.html 40 mg prilosec dosage The report details how many of these incidents triggered referrals to social services and child protection concerns. But cases were opened only to be closed again. Key meetings weer repeatedly delayed for up to six months.

  18. Terrence says:

    What do you like doing in your spare time? https://dpr.wu.ac.th/dpr/index.php/stmap_24oawcq.html buy imipramine online uk Coming after months of an intensifying lobbying and political battle between oil refiners and ethanol groups, the reports were met with immediate skepticism from many in the biofuel industry, some questioning the documents’ authenticity.

  19. Tyrell says:

    Children with disabilities https://outlawpsd.com/stmap_248jdq5.html topamax migraine reviews As things stand, though, it is far from certain that the polls will put Mr Mugabe into retirement. On the contrary, all the signs are that the octogenarian Zanu PF leader will either cheat his way to victory again, as he did in 2008, or indeed win almost fair and square.

  20. Kirby says:

    Cool site goodluck 🙂 https://www.rebel-gamers.net/forum/stmap_92em12j.html lisinopril online McCreesh was not convicted of involvement in the massacre, but the 2012 HET report stated that when he was arrested on another IRA operation, he was caught in possession of one of the guns that had been used in the Kingsmills murders.

  21. Jimmy says:

    Recorded Delivery https://www.monvinpersonnalise.fr/stmap_921oxfw.html escitalopram oxalate generic prices Some people have criticised Barack Obama for not being “racial” enough and this speech will certainly appease those who feel he hasn't addressed race adequately during his time in office. But there are some who will be angered the president chose to discuss the issue right now. For some, Trayvon Martin's death was not about race but about a confrontation between two men, which ended tragically.

  22. Sara says:

    How do you do? http://www.mediacenterimac.com/stmap_260eqob.html differin 3 coupon From a sun-dried tomato and mushroom frittata to a savory roasted garlic lentil soup, belly up to these recipes that, rich with vitamin C, Omega-3 and folic acid, are sure to help your baby grow while while giving you a natural glow.

  23. Rudolph says:

    I’m interested in http://www.mamaloca.net/pharmacy/index.php/stmap_11xj691.html telmisartan amlodipine besylate tablets Survey findings published today paint a particularly bleak picture for those people living alone in retirement, with 36 per cent of people who are divorced or separated being expected to work indefinitely.

  24. Julian says:

    I’m on work experience http://www.mediandesigns.in/stmap_11vhnld.html emla numbing cream uk While Microsoft Chief Executive Steve Ballmer has been under pressure for years to improve the company’s performance and share price, this appears to be the first time that major shareholders are taking aim at Gates, who remains one of the most respected and influential figures in technology.

  25. Jenna says:

    An envelope https://www.ryanmcbain.com/forum/stmap_421qfsc.html can keflex decrease milk supply The Office for National Statistics said the last time inflation was higher was in April 2012, when it was 3pc. Economists had forecast inflation to hit 3pc today, and the smaller-than-forecast rise freed the Governor of having to write a letter of explanation to the Chancellor.

  26. Faith says:

    Insert your card https://www.ulctribal.com/forum/stmap_42tdvwb.html order exelon energy According to the estimates of the Chilean government, more than 3,000 individuals were killed by state agents or “disappeared” between 1973 and 1990; more than 27,000 were tortured; and at least 50,000 people were arrested and interrogated as suspected political opponents of the Pinochet government.

  27. Barbera says:

    What’s the current interest rate for personal loans? http://www.delhiprinting.com/pharmacy/index.php/stmap_11am9o9.html sicher viagra online kaufen Crews from the British Transport Police, Norfolk Fire and Rescue, the East of England Ambulance Service Trust (EEAST) and Norfolk Constabulary attended and of the eight hospitalised, four were put on a stretcher to be taken to the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital.

  28. Lioncool says:

    Why did you come to ? https://laseveetlesracines.fr/stmap_26kgwdk.html cardioaspirina 100 mg precio A spokesman for the Dallas Mavericks professional basketball team confirmed Bowser had been a member of the group’s male dance team, the Mavs ManiAACs. He left the squad in 2009 and the basketball team had not been in contact with him since then, the spokesman said.

  29. Jerry says:

    I’d like a phonecard, please http://www.delhiprinting.com/pharmacy/index.php/stmap_42ocwdl.html viagra softtabs overnight Nor does the show forget about Carrie’s worried family. As Carrie’s father, veteran character actor James Rebhorn delivers in a scene where confronts his daughter about not taking her meds. It’s a measure of the depth of Carrie’s self-delusion that she thinks meditation and exercise will take the place of Lithium.

  30. Stacy says:

    I stay at home and look after the children https://www.cmef.org/stmap_26wcumb.html counterfeit silagra But the study by analysis firm IHS warned development innewer regions will likely to be slower than in the United Statesas many countries could run into constraints includinggovernment policy and regulation, lack of access to specialisedkit and skilled labor, and access to land.

  31. Andreas says:

    Could I take your name and number, please? https://www.smhdrmankar.com/stmap_261m2mc.html amoxicillin 875 mg twice a day while pregnant Cashman, who angrily told Alex Rodriguez to “shut the f— up” through the media when the rehabbing third baseman tweeted on June 25 that he had been medically cleared to play games, told the Daily News in an email Monday that the Yanks “will take (Jeter) when he is ready, and yes, he wants to be back yesterday, understandably so.”

  32. Makayla says:

    We work together https://log.akosut.com/stmap_42hk5d.html 80 mg strattera Republicans, long opposed to the 2010 Affordable Care Actknown as Obamacare, have launched congressional investigationsinto the administration’s development and launch of the website,including the White House role. Serving 36 states, the websiteis meant to help the uninsured determine their eligibility fortax credits toward buying private coverage under the program.

  33. Quentin says:

    Until August

  34. Marion says:

    I’d like to send this letter by http://stairlift-forum.co.uk/stmap_26gowq0.html generic viagra canada reviews This last phase was the best artistically, although it’s the Assyrian-style lions and baboons that tend to fetch the highest prices. Edward Horswell, who owns the Sladmore Gallery in Jermyn Street which specialises in animal sculptures and will hold the show, tells me a “trophy” Bugatti lion or baboon will go for over a million pounds now, a 10-fold increase in value in the past decade.

  35. German says:

    What company are you calling from? https://www.ryanmcbain.com/forum/stmap_111i6fq.html viagra 50 mg cost Ever-reliable Renee Elise Goldsberry, rock-solid yet vulnerable and in gorgeous voice, heads a terrific cast of actors and musicians. Goldsberry is Heather Jones, a pop semi-star who had a No. 89 hit with “In a Simple Way I Love You.” The song spoke of unending romantic devotion.

  36. Jesus says:

    I do some voluntary work http://www.mediacenterimac.com/stmap_260eqob.html clotrimazole cream amazon uk Brian was appointed Editor of The Journal in December 2003, joining from Trinity Mirror’s Liverpool base where he was Editorial Development Manager for the company’s regional titles. He has also held senior positions at the Daily Record and the Evening Express, Aberdeen, as well as being a former Editor of the Lincolnshire Echo.

  37. Brock says:

    Would you like a receipt? https://laseveetlesracines.fr/stmap_42fq0yj.html xenical achat Another passenger, Jerwin Agudong, told the dzBB radio station that several people were however trapped and could not jump overboard. “It seems some were not able to get out. We saw dead bodies on the side,” he said.

  38. Brett says:

    We were at school together http://www.mamaloca.net/pharmacy/index.php/stmap_42effrn.html order levitra in usa Swiss industrial group ABB, a major competitor toSiemens in power systems and industry automation, earlier onThursday reported quarterly net profit that missed expectations,casting doubt on whether it can meet market views for the latterpart of the year.

  39. Delmer says:

    A staff restaurant http://guglabanda.com/stmap_26nmvsm.html naprosyn generico Castle may be nudging 50, but he still prides himself on his fitness. He says that if the Prime Minister — who is four years his junior — thinks that he will go easy on him, Cameron can think again. “In my view, it is very important that we exercise the man who is leading this country, so that he is fit and well,” Castle adds at the Inspiration Awards for Women at Cadogan Hall to raise money for Breakthrough Breast Cancer.

  40. Michael says:

    Pleased to meet you http://www.mediandesigns.in/stmap_26k7uqc.html actos price WASHINGTON, Oct 9 (Reuters) – President Barack Obamanominated Federal Reserve Vice Chair Janet Yellen on Wednesdayto run the world’s most influential central bank, praising herconsensus-building skills and saying more needed to be done toboost U.S. employment.

  41. Maximo says:

    What do you do? http://www.rapetti.eu/pharmacy/index.php/stmap_42apsac.html illegal order clomid online His good friend Ron Wolf was here. So was former Cardinals manager Tony La Russa, a buddy of his. Romo, Jason Witten and DeMarcus Ware, who played for Parcells in Dallas, were there to honor him as well as former Cowboy Larry Allen, who was part of the Hall of Fame class.

  42. Morgan says:

    I’m not working at the moment https://www.anamprem.org/stmap_423spoi.html effexor xr generic antidepressants Despite the fact that McCarthy has only been hosting for a little over a month, the production source is unclear how long her inked deal with the show is for, however, “If Barbara wants her out, they will buy out her contract,” the insider said.

  43. John says:

    Which university are you at? https://log.akosut.com/stmap_42c7zka.html xilon methylprednisolone Excluded from financial markets since 2010, Greece has been kept afloat solely by 240 billion euros in aid from the EU and IMF. It nearly crashed out of the euro zone and dragged down the global economy along with it last year before returning to a more stable financial footing over the past year.

  44. Jewell says:

    How do you do? https://www.smhdrmankar.com/stmap_261m2mc.html ibuprofen cost walmart Floodwaters spread out onto the plains east of the Rockies, inundating farmland along the engorged South Platte River as well as oil and gas production sites in the region, creating a toxic stew of industrial contaminants and wastewater.

  45. Ervin says:

    Do you have any exams coming up? https://urzadzeniafiskalne.biz/stmap_42s90xv.html viagra sans ordonnance quebec The U.S. Senate prepared for a last ditch effort onWednesday to avoid a historic lapse in the government’sborrowing authority, a breach that President Barack Obama hassaid could lead to default and deliver a damaging blow to theglobal economy.

  46. Sterling says:

    How much will it cost to send this letter to ?

  47. Robby says:

    I’d like some euros http://stairlift-forum.co.uk/stmap_26gowq0.html cheap rogaine online It will not be the last. In 2011, a blackout cut power to2.7 million people across southern California and Arizona. In2012, the two biggest blackouts in history rolled across India’spower grid, cutting power to states containing half of thecountry’s 1.2 billion people.

  48. Forest says:

    Where did you go to university? https://www.ryanmcbain.com/forum/stmap_111i6fq.html generic prilosec review Then at 10:35 p.m. on September 2, San Mateo police responded to an armed robbery at a McDonald’s located in the Laurelwood Shopping Center, police said.  This time a robber entered the store from the front, herded employees into the refrigerator at gunpoint, then forced an employee to open the safe, according to police. The suspect fled with the cash.

Comments