Thursday, November 13, 2008

Did you know? Leaves hurt fish!

Don't hurt the fish! The Ohio EPA is asking residents to keep leaves on their lawns and out of the storm drains: "When leaves pile in the street, rain can carry them into storm drains and ultimately into rivers and streams. Too many leaves in waterways causes algae to bloom, which in turn soaks up oxygen that fish need." It's recommended that residents bag leaves or rake them to the lawn above the curb where rain runoff will soak into the ground (thus allowing the lawn to eat up all the yummy nutrients). And if you don't have a good solution for all your leaves - start a compost! We live in a condo, and we built a small compost bin in our backyard. It's been a wonderful catch-all for a lot of our food waste. Plus, it is earth friendly!