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Think Outside the Lawn


Your Lawn Doesn't Stop at the Sidewalk

Tips for Fall:

  • Don't leave it out. Rake and remove leaves from the lawn. Leaves left on lawns may blow or wash into storm drains, clogging them and causing flooding in the street.
  • Save a bundle. Make your own compost from leaves and grass clippings to use as fertilizer, saving money on fertilizer and trash collection.
  • Use perfect timing. In Colorado, you might need to fertilize lawns twice per year. If you do, late spring and early fall are the best times to do it.

Fall Checklists

Think Outside the Brew

Your Brewery Impacts Water Quality

You know that great beer starts with great water. But did you know that the storm drains outside your facility lead straight to the Poudre River and other local streams?

Spent grains and dirty water that get washed down storm drains are not processed through our wastewater treatment facilities. When these materials enter rivers and streams, they can lower water quality by changing pH and decreasing the oxygen available for animals and plants.

Do your part to protect water quality with these tips:

  • Don't blow your cover. Always protect storm drains using rubber berms or other covers.
  • Color it in. Consider labeling or color-coding drains that lead to the river so employees know to take extra care.
  • Put a lid on it. Keep roll-offs and other containers in covered areas (or use lids).
  • Run on empty. Empty roll-offs and other containers frequently to prevent spills.
  • Leave it high and dry. Use dry clean up methods like sweeping rather than washing spent grain and other spilled materials down the drain.
  • It's an inside job. Wash containers indoors where drains lead to the treatment plant whenever possible.
  • Sharing is caring. Share these tips at your next staff meeting and talk with your coworkers about what they can do to protect water quality.

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