Recycle Your Christmas Tree!

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Recycle your evergreen trees from December 26, 2018  – January 10, 2019  (see flyer below for donation locations). Then pick up the free mulch that is made from grinding the trees on January 12th beginning at 8:30 a.m. from the locations below for as long as it lasts.  SC Farmer’s Market on Charleston Highway in West Columbia Seven Oaks Park in Columbia  For a flyer with full …

FRYING YOUR HOLIDAY TURKEY?

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Moist and tender, that’s how a perfectly fried turkey tastes! And that perfection takes approximately 3 gallons of cooking oil to accomplish.  If you save the used oil for frying again that’s great, but when you are done with it, take it to the Lexington County Collection and Recycling Centers. Click here for info on Collection Centers. They will gladly …

$25.00 GIFT CARD DRAWING – ENTER BY TAKING THIS SURVEY

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Please help our stormwater programs by participating in the Lexington Community Stormwater Survey.  This survey will support the evaluation of the stormwater programs in Lexington County and municipalities.  By taking this survey you will be entered in a drawing for one of two $25.00 VISA gift cards.  Winners will be notified via email on January 7, 2019 and will have …

“Trash the Poop” on Wag-A-Long Wednesdays!

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We live in a time when dog owners no longer need to deny their pets the joy of being taken out to the “old ball game.” At least that is the case on Wag-A-Long Wednesday night home baseball games at the Fireflies Stadium at Spirit Communications Park in Columbia. At each of those games representatives from Trash the Poop, a …

“Green” Lawn Care

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The most effective lawn care programs begin with a clear understanding of what grass really needs in order to grow. Here are the most important things you can do for your lawn: Aerate your lawn.  Tightly packed soil restricts root growth and prevents water and fertilizer from penetrating the soil (increasing stormwater problems). Core aerators remove plugs of soil throughout the …

FOG or FOWG?

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Many major cities experience fatburgs—New York City and London have reportedly spent millions of dollars to keep sewers clear of them. Fatburgs are occurring elsewhere throughout the country and the world due to residents putting household fat, oil and grease, generally referred to as FOG down kitchen sinks and drains where it congeals and can clog sewer lines. Another more …

STORM DRAIN TAGGING: IT’S A NEIGHBORLY THING!

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An easy way to protect waterways from pollution and neighborhoods from flooding is storm drain tagging.  The Lexington Countywide Stormwater Consortium will supply volunteers with equipment needed to put tags on storm drains it in their own or other Lexington County and town neighborhoods. These markers are attractive and alert residents to refrain from dumping anything down a storm drain …

HOW CAN A PICKLE BARREL BECOME A RAIN BARREL?

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Twice a year the Lexington Countywide Stormwater Consortium (LCSC) invites the public to learn how to make a rain barrel out of an old pickle barrel.  Why would anyone want to do this?   First of all, rain barrels have been used for thousands of years as a means to harvest the water that comes freely from the sky when it …

ILLICIT DISCHARGE DETECTION AND ELIMINATION (IDDE): A GRATE CONCERN

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The National Pollution Discharge Elimination System Permit (NPDES), authorized by the Clean Water Act, is a Federal program to control water pollution by regulating sources of pollution. It is administered by each state and enforced in South Carolina by the Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC). The Lexington Countywide Stormwater Consortium (LCSC), works to assure that each stormwater management …

Rain Barrel Making for 5th Graders

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Two 5th grade teachers from Gilbert Elementary School who serve on their Green Steps Schools Green Team invited Sheri Armstrong, Lexington County Stormwater Manager and LCSC member to do a demonstration of how to make a rain barrel.  On May 25th, 2016, Ms. Armstrong and the Stormwater Outreach Assistant, Mary Hite, had a lot of fun showing the two combined 5th …