March 2016 
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California Storms Send Billions of Gallons of Water into Reservoirs

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Calendar of Events
March 12, 2016
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March 19, 2016
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March 26, 2016
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 Faucet Fact:
Did you know on average 250 million people worldwide succumb to disease related to water pollution?

Stormwater Shoutout!

A huge stormwater shoutout to Carmel Elementary, Apple Valley Unified School District, and Hesperia Unified School District for allowing us to be a part of your school science fair! We loved seeing all of the incredible stormwater-savvy projects. Winners will be announced next month!

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
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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!


Wear Green and Live Green, Too!
This St. Patrick's Day don't just wear green, make sure to live green by taking the right steps to protect the environment around you. This includes our Mojave River Watershed. 


When it's time to clean up after your St. Patrick's Day festivities, try these easy, environmentally friend and stormwater-savvy tricks to get the job done.
  • Make your event zero-waste! Grab three tubs for waste collection (recycling, trash or compost). This gives your partygoers the ability to dispose of their trash correctly instead of leaving a mess for you to clean up after with the potential of trash blowing away and ending up in the watershed.
  • Clean with all-natural products. Wash your tablecloths, dishes, counters and everything else with all-natural, eco friendly cleaners. The dangerous toxins in regular soaps are harmful to our watershed if disposed of improperly. 
  • Compost leftovers! Sometimes a majority of our waste after parties comes from half-eaten food. Some foods that are easily compostable are vegetables, eggshells, cardboard (think cake mix boxes), and cooked meat or fish. 
Be Green, Think Blue 

Keeping our water blue through water pollution prevention is an important way to live green! When pollution gets into our stormwater, it then flows into storm drains or seeps into the ground polluting the Mojave River and its watershed. 

Here are a few water pollution facts to keep stormwater-savvy behaviors in mind:
  1. Water pollution is the major cause of disease like cholera and typhoid.
  2. 80 percent of the water pollution is caused by domestic sewage like throwing garbage on open ground and bodies of water.
  3. More than 30 billion tons of urban sewage is discharged into lakes, rivers and oceans each year.

Living Green at Home

Protecting our watershed starts with small changes in our everyday lives. This makes preventing stormwater pollution so easy! If you plan to renovate your house this spring, make sure you read our stormwater-savvy tips below to help you prepare.

Follow these easy changes to keep your home and family safe from stormwater pollution:

  • Water-based paints are great for your home and our watershed! They contain fewer toxins than oil-based paints and are easier to clean up.
  • Store paints and paint-related products in rigid, durable and watertight containers.
  • When maintaining your lawn, never dump pesticides into the gutter or storm drain. Take unwanted lawn and garden chemicals to a free household hazardous waste collection site. Click here for locations of your city's facility.
  • Recycle leaves, grass clippings and other yard waste, instead of blowing, sweeping or hosing them into the street or gutter. This way they do not end up in our watershed.
  • Save on water by planting low maintenance, drought-tolerant trees and shrubs.
For more information about keeping your home stormwater-savvy, visit our website!

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