February 2016 
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Feb. 6, 2016
7:30 a.m. to noon
17105 Mesa St.,
Hesperia, California 92345
Feb. 6, 2016
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
13450 Nomwaket Road, Apple Valley, California 92307
Feb. 13, 2016
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
13450 Nomwaket Road, Apple Valley, California 92307

Feb. 27, 2016
9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
14466 Main St., 
Hesperia, California, 92345

 Faucet Fact:

Did you know that 1 gram of dog poop contains 23 million fecal bacteria transported by insects, flies, and water run off?  


It is important to pick up after your dog to prevent those bacteria from entering our drinking water through the Mojave River. 


Stormwater Shoutout!

We would like to give a stormwater shout out to Oak Hills High School for inviting us to present our stormwater pollution prevention presentation to their environmental classes!

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!

Thirsty for more, check out our website!


Show Your Love with Eco-Friendly Valentine's Day Gifts!
This Valentine's Day, consider spreading the love in an eco-friendly, stormwater-savvy way. Plan a hiking date, a picnic, or give upcycled gifts to your BFF and loved ones. Express your love for someone special and our Mojave River by making something from the heart out of recycled materials that could otherwise end up being washed or blown into the watershed. 


Water Wise Plants Are The New Roses!
While traditional flower arrangements are beautiful and romantic, most arrangements last anywhere from four to seven days, depending on the type. Instead, why not choose plants that are water wise and long lasting? For example, with proper care, a cactus can last more than 10 years and an orchid can continue to bloom for seasons to come.
Plants like these require minimal water and fertilizing, which is key to prevent stormwater pollution because you will be reducing waste and your use of harsh chemicals that can pollute our Mojave River and its watershed.

Here are a few water wise plants to consider:
Bonsai Tree
Herbs (basil, chives, coriander, parsley, rosemary, sage, thyme)
Seeds of Love 

Personalize your Valentine's Day gift by giving  your loved ones organic flower seeds and potting soil. Make the seed packets special by including a photo of the flowers-to-be and writing a romantic quote. 

Once the plant grows, show your love by using natural, non-toxic alternatives for fertilizers and pesticides. Harmful chemicals can cause stormwater pollution and can contaminate our drinking water causing health effects. Your health, your plant and your Mojave River Watershed will appreciate the TLC!

Here are a few quotes for inspiration: 

"Love is the flower you've got to let grow." - John Lennon

"A flower cannot blossom without sunshine, and a man cannot live without love." - Max Muller

"Life is the flower for which love is the honey." - Victor Hugo

"If I had a flower for every time I thought of you... I could walk through my garden forever." - Alfred L. Tennyson

Want to make your own seed packets? Click here for a free printable template.
National Love Your Pet Day - Feb. 20, 2016

National Love Your Pet Day is a chance to show your pet how much you love them -- and this means being a stormwater smart pet owner. When out on walks, pets are exposed to stormwater pollution in many different ways. Here are a few tips that will protect your pet.

  • Don't let your pet drink water from puddles, roadways or gutters. It could contain motor oil or harmful chemicals from fertilizers and pesticides.
  • Pick up after your pet. There are many common diseases that are transmitted their waste such as giardia, roundworms, salmonella and e-coli
By protecting the water they drink and picking up after their waste, you can protect your pet and the community from potential health risks. 

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