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Protect our watershed on this Earth Day and every day – VVNG.com

VICTORVILLE, California (VVNG.com) – Earth protection begins in your neighborhood. Therefore, in part Earth Day this year we remind High Desert residents of our responsibility to protect the Mojave River Basin.

So what exactly is a watershed? A basin is an area of ​​land that collects rainwater and drains it into a larger body of water, such as a river. Here in the High Desert, the Mojave River Basin collects groundwater from our residential areas including Hesperia, Victorville, the city of Apple Valley and the unincorporated district of San Bernardino and drains into the Mojave River.

Due to our proximity to drains, our actions have a huge impact on water quality. The water we drink and use in our homes is wells, pumped and filtered from the Mojave River.

Household waste such as pet waste, food wrappers, motor oil, cleaning products, pesticides and lawn mowing is one of the biggest sources of pollution for the Mojave River. When we fail to properly dispose of household waste, chemicals and other toxins, they penetrate the country or are washed away by rainwater and into the basin.

Good news? We can help keep water supply safe and clean for years to come with small changes in daily habits. Here are some ways you can protect the Mojave River Basin on Earth Day and every day:

Take care of your pets

  • Pick up pet waste. Pet waste left on the ground can transfer harmful bacteria to our water supply.
  • Bathe your pets indoors or groom them professionally. Pet shampoos that enter our waterways can be toxic to humans and marine life.

Dispose of household waste properly

  • Take hazardous waste to a hazardous waste collection point. Call (800) CLEANUP for the location of the facility in your city.
  • Reduce the use of chemicals by using biodegradable cleaners, water-based paints and other environmentally friendly alternatives.

Maintain your yard

  • Repair the sprayer leak and make sure the sprayer is pointing in the right direction. This can reduce your water bill, ensure that less water is consumed and most importantly prevent runoff.
  • Do not apply fertilizer or pesticides to the lawn before rain. It will be flushed into atmospheric drains and into our plumbing.
  • Put your leaves, cut grass and other waste from the yard in green bins or compost them. Avoid blowing, sweeping, or dropping them with a hose onto the street or sewer. Yard waste can clog catch pools and pollute watercourses.

Actively help

(Volunteers on the Hesperia City Cleaning Day picked up trash and debris on April 9, 2022, at locations across the city.)

It is up to all of us in the High Desert to protect our water supply from pollution.

Submitted by the Mojave River Basin Group (MRWG), a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting the Mojave River, its watershed, plants and wildlife, and ultimately supplying the high desert water from atmospheric pollution. The MRWG consists of representatives from the City of Victorville, the City of Hesperia, the City of Apple Valley and the unincorporated areas of San Bernardino County.

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Protect our watershed on this Earth Day and every day – VVNG.com

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