January 2016 
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Cleaning Up The Rain; New Stormwater Runoff Rules Due

Want more news? Visit the California Stormwater Quality Association's website for the state's leading news.  
Calendar of Events

10 a.m. - 2 p.m. 13450 Nomwaket Road Apple Valley, California 92307

Jan. 2, 2016 
9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
 15776 Main Street Hesperia, California 92345

Jan. 3, 2016 
9 a.m. - 4 p.m. 
15776 Main Street Hesperia, California 92345

Shred Fest- Apple Valley Jan. 23, 2016 
10 a.m. - 2 p.m. 
13450 Nomwaket Road Apple Valley, California 92308
 Faucet Fact:
Each year 1.2 trillion gallons of untreated sewage, storm water, and industrial waste are dumped into U.S. waters

Stormwater Shoutout!

Find a Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Collection Facility Near You!
Looking to trash your used paint containers, fertilizer, motor oil and more? Click here to find a HHW collection facility near you:

County of San Bernardino
Town of Apple Valley
City of Hesperia
City of Victorville
Contact MRWG
Do you have questions? We'd love to hear from you!

(951) 462-1106
From the Pipes...
Welcome to the Mojave River Watershed Group's "The High Desert Droplet" - your source for stormwater pollution revolution news!

The High Desert Droplet is an educational resource for stormwater pollution prevention. Each month we'll bring you local and national stormwater news, useful at-home tips for prevention, updates on MRWG's school and community outreach, fun facts, and more!

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Happy New Year, Stormwater Troopers!
2016 is officially here! A new year means new resolutions, and what better time to take action to help your community and protect the Mojave River watershed? MRWG would like to offer some easy-to-adopt ideas for your list. 

Here are a few stormwater savvy resolutions for the New Year:

  • Dispose of household waste like motor oil, paint and old electronics at hazardous waste drop-off sites (check with your city) 
  • Recycle consistently 
  • Organize or join a neighborhood cleanup 
  • Commit to picking up after your pets 
  • Opt for all-natural fertilizers and pesticides
Stormwater Savvy 101

The New Year is also a time to head back to school! After a long holiday break, kids are hitting the books again and have a chance to start fresh as a stormwater savvy student! Here are some tips for heading back to school in January.

Ditch Your Old Plastic Notebooks 

Clean out old notebooks and recycle the paper to prevent the materials from being washed into the Mojave River where they will waste away and pollute our water source. Upcycle your notebook or purchase new notebooks made from recycled materials.
Go Green at Snack Time 

Instead of giving kids packaged snacks, which can be blown into our watershed, consider fruit or nuts in a reusable container. This is a healthier alternative and prevents excess litter at lunchtime. 
Acquire A Green Thumb in 2016 

Start a stormwater-wise garden on campus! Planting a garden will teach kids the important role that water plays in the environment and how to prevent stormwater pollution by opting for all-natural pesticides and fertilizers.
Ring In The New Year With A Clean Slate

Clear your clutter and start your stormwater savvy New Year right! Here are a few things you can clean out of your home to prevent stormwater pollution. Be sure to drop these products off at a hazardous waste collection center. Click here to find one near you.

Clean your garage:

* Automotive fluids (antifreeze, motor oil)
* Paint products
* Batteries (home and car)
* Pesticides
* Herbicides
* Polishes and waxes
* Pool and spa chemicals
* Propane barbecues tanks
* Fuels

Clean out your home:

* Medicines
* E-waste
* Household cleaners
* Personal care products
* Cosmetics

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