The summer drought in the recent past has resulted in French Creek barely being able to support the native coho and trout population. Ensuring that none of your yard waste, such as grass clippings and tree trimmings reach the shores of French Creek is a major step in the tender loving care that the creek requires.
Yard waste contains a high level of nutrients. Each shovel full of yard waste that reaches the waters of the creek is one more step in destroying the natural habitat.
Yard waste contains a high level of nitrates. The word eutropication should be part of the vocabulary of all Creekside readers.
Eutrophication – “The process by which a body of water acquires a high concentration of nutrients, especially phosphates and nitrates. These typically promote excessive growth of algae. As the algae die and decompose, high levels of organic matter and the decomposing organisms deplete the water of available oxygen, causing the death of other organisms, such as fish.
The time has paste when we could wait for someone else to take action. If we wish our grandchildren to be able to enjoy the joys of a healthy body of water, then we all must contribute to environmental change.
Placing waste in the water is dumping.
Why is it a problem?
Dumping yard waste degrades the natural environment in several ways:
- The debris will smother and kill native plants
- Weed seeds can be introduced from garden waste
- The disturbance created by the waste pile can provide a perfect habitat for many invasive, non-native species that thrive in disturbed areas
- It is unsightly and decreases other people’s enjoyment of the area
- By dumping your yard waste you can encourage others to do the same, creating even more disturbance
- The piles can take years to decompose