STORM DRAIN TAGGING: IT’S A NEIGHBORLY THING!

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Lexington County, Environmental Coordinator, India Woodson, has been busy meeting residents at Neighborhood Watch meetings with Officer Stacey Gadson of the Sheriff’s Department. Together they share ways that residents can make their neighborhoods safer. Officer Gadson focuses on ways to protect against criminals, while Ms. Woodson focuses on ways to protect waterways from pollution and neighborhoods from flooding.   One …

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 …

SUMMER CELEBRATION OF WATER FESTIVAL WRAP-UP

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Every year since 2010, The Lexington Countywide Stormwater Consortium together with the City of Columbia and Richland County Stormwater teams have produced an exciting and educational water festival! This festival, “Summer Celebration of Water”, has been a fun way to end the summer at Riverfront Park with free water sports for the public on the Columbia Canal, water slides and …

Lexington Soil & Water Conservation District Hosts Rain Barrel Workshop

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The Lexington Soil and Water Conservation District is conducting a rain barrel workshop for the public at which participants will make a rain barrel to take home to harvest rain water for use during dry weather to water plants, wash the car, clean tools, and almost anything except drinking.    The workshop will be held under a shelter at Gibson Pond, 214 …

Mutt Mingles – A June Event for Dogs and their Owners

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During the month of June, 2017, environmental professionals from Lexington County, the  City of Columbia and Richland County took to the streets and parks to play some educational games with dog owners.  This engaged the public in discussion of the reason why picking up after their dogs keeps our waterways cleaner.   Boyd plaza in Columbia was the scene of the first Mutt Mingles …

PUBLIC WORKS WEEK CULMINATES IN A RAIN BARREL WORKSHOP

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The Lexington Countywide Stormwater Consortium conducted its popular “Build Your Own Rain Barrel Workshop” on Friday, May 26th . This workshop is held twice a year, during Public Works Week in May and again in the fall.  A maximum of 25 rain barrels can be made at each workshop, and classes fill up fast especially since Lexington County now has …

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 …

Congaree Creek Watershed 319 Grant Funds Available

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If you are interested in receiving assistance to help share the cost to repair or replace your home septic system or to improve livestock health, forage production and water quality at your farm in Congaree Creek Watershed, please complete the attached application form.  Please open the brochure and application form below, and view Congaree Creek Watershed Map above to see if you reside …

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 …

Trash the Poop Display at Blowfish Baseball Game

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On June 21, 2016 the Lexington Blowfish invited fans to bring their four-legged friends to cheer, and “woof,” the Blowfish on to victory when they played Wilson Tobs.  At this Bark in the Park event, the Lexington County Public Works Stormwater Division set up a display staffed by members of the Lexington Countywide Stormwater Consortium (LCSC) to present the Trash the Poop …