May 2016 
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Calendar of Events
Haze Waste Drop-Off 
Sat., May 28
10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Household Hazardous Waste Collection Center
13450 Nomwaket Road, Apple Valley, CA 92307

 Faucet Fact:
The Mojave River Watershed is 4500 square miles of underground water basin.
Stormwater Shoutout!

We would like to give a big stormwater shout out to Village Elementary for inviting us to present at their school assemblies. We had an awesome time educating your students. 

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County of San Bernardino
Town of Apple Valley
City of Hesperia
City of Victorville
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(951) 462-1106
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Things are Heating Up! Pool Prep for the Summer

Hot fun in the summertime is right around the corner! Please remember, there are things you can do to prep your pool and keep the Mojave River Watershed clean this season. This is important so that pool water entering a storm drain or the watershed is free of pollutants such as filter materials, bacteria and chemicals. Please make sure your cleaning methods are stormwater smart.

Regulations vary for each municipality. Please contact your city public works department prior to draining and cleaning your pool to learn safe and legal methods. They may require certain actions such as dechlorinating your pool and the removal of debris such as leaves, grass, dirt, algae and mosquitos.

City of Hesperia - (760) 947-1400 
City of Victorville - (760) 241-6365
Town of Apple Valley - (760) 240-7000

Say 'So Long' to Pests Without Using Pesticides! 
Before you spray those pesky insects with poison, let's discuss some other options. When pesticides are sprayed on lawns and in gardens, chemicals can seep into our waterways. For outdoor pests, an alternative is to put down the pesticides and use eco-friendly essential oils that are natural bug repellents. Check the forecast and plan accordingly to refrain from applying any form of repellent to your lawn or garden before a water event. This could include a rainstorm or the use of sprinklers and hoses. This helps keep our Mojave River Watershed clean and provides safe drinking water for High Desert residents. 

Here's a list of stormwater-smart bug repellents
  • Ants: Peppermint, Spearmint, Black Pepper
  • Mosquitos: Lavender, Lemongrass, Citronella
  • Aphids: Peppermint, Spearmint, Calderwood
  • Flies: Peppermint, Sage, Rosemary, Tea Tree
  • Snails: Calderwood and Pine
  • Spiders: Peppermint, Spearmint, Eucalyptus

School's Out for Summer

Another successful season of  Stormwater Trooper school assemblies has come to a close. Throughout the academic year, MRWG visited eight schools and conducted 18 assemblies to 4,954 students throughout the High Desert. Interactive assemblies with the Victor Valley Animal Protective League and ambassador dog Millie the Corgi teach students why water protection is important, how urban runoff pollutes the Mojave River and its watershed, and stormwater-smart behaviors like picking up after your pet. Accountability and personal responsibility are values taught to students who take the pledge to become Stormwater Troopers. What's more, the MRWG school outreach team provided stormwater curriculum and students prizes to 167 classrooms and coordinated campus clean ups for three schools.

Interested in a free assembly for the 2016/2017 school year? Call (951) 462-1106.

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