In your garbage, compost will fester for a few days, attracting a fruit fly or two, and eventually contribute to the over 48 million tons of food waste created by people in the U.S. every year. In fact, according to the Environmental Protection Agency, food waste makes up 17% of the garbage in our ever-filling landfills.
Says Stillwater Council Member Doug Menikheim, â€œThe Lake McKusick story is a great example of what can happen when citizens pitch in to improve their community and different layers of government work together to save money and get things done.â€
On Tuesday, April 26 Washington County, South Washington Watershed District and the City of Cottage Grove will be co-hosting an open-house at the Environmental Center from 5-6:30pm. During this time, they will be showcasing clean water projects from around the county as well as providing information about cost-share grants and assistance available to help residents improve backyard habitat and do clean water landscaping projects like raingardens and shoreline plantings.
The concept of sustainability is rooted in this universal hope we all share that our children and grandchildren will lead lives as good or better than our own.
In Washington County, raingardens, shoreline plantings and grassed waterways are spreading like wildflowers. There were nearly 100 clean water projects on private land in the county in 2009, and 130 in 2010.