The Issue: Pollutants in Storm-Water Runoff
Storm-water runoff trickles past pesticides, oil, and pet waste, carrying a number of pollutants into the James River, including nitrogen, phosphorus, and sediments. These pollutants can destroy aquatic plants, cause health problems for swimmers, and spawn algae blooms that kill fish. The most effective method to prevent harm to a fragile ecosystem is for the local population to halt runoff at properties within the James River watershed.
The Campaign: Training Homeowners to Reduce Runoff
If this Grassroots campaign raises $520, then James River Association can train 10 people in storm-water runoff prevention. Each additional $10 raised will go toward funding additional training sessions. The training teaches homeowners to implement manageable changes on their watershed properties, such as using an online runoff calculator to determine their storm-water footprint and enacting simple behavioral and structural changes to improve their personal effect on local water quality. Homeowners who complete the training will also learn to install rain barrels, rain gardens, and brush plantings so that their properties can reduce runoff and become certified as River Hero homes.
You can follow the progress of this and other Grassroots campaigns at the Groupon Grassroots website.
James River Association
The James River Association promotes stewardship and conservation of the historic James River and its tributaries and resources. The association advocates for the river's health and educates community members through a variety of programs and activities.