STORMWATER NEWS AND UPCOMING EVENTS
THE Duluth Stormwater Department PROMOTES: The gwinnett county - DWR Events & workshops
Due to the current COVID-19 concerns and recommended social distancing practices, it has become difficult to get involved with educational and event opportunities at this present time, but if you check out the informational videos and events scheduled through the Gwinnett County Department of Water Resources, you can still get involved, give back, and learn about conserving one of our most precious resources on the planet, WATER.
April Is Mosquito Control Month
The City of Duluth has a "Mosquito Prevention Program" in place to minimize mosquito breeding. Each year, approximately 800 mosquito briquettes containing a targeted natural bacterial agent are dropped in our catch basins, ponds, and low lying areas of ponding water. While the briquettes are not harmful to the stormwater system or the aquatic life at the end of the system, they keep the mosquitoes from multiplying in our drainage system. This year we anticipate the distribution of the briquettes to start in April/May. Then we will make another round with the briquettes in July/August as needed. Some mosquitoes can spread viruses like West Nile or dengue that make people sick. Some mosquitoes are nuisance mosquitoes that bite people but do not spread viruses. Everyone can play a role in controlling mosquitoes. You can do your part to help control the mosquito population by:
1. Once a week, empty and scrub containers with standing water. This includes empty flower pots, bird baths, and trash containers.
2. Mow your lawn regularly and cut down weeds near your home.
3. Drain water from pools when not in use. Also, remove water from tarps used to cover items in the yard.
4. Keep rain barrels tightly covered or screened.
If you want to learn more about mosquitoes, you can go to www.cdc.gov/mosquitoes or call your Duluth Stormwater Department at 770.497.5311 for more information.
Earth Day Recycling Event
The Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful and Gwinnett County Solid Waste will be hosting this year's Earth Day Recycling Event on April 24, 2021 from 9:00am until noon at the Gwinnett County Fairgrounds, 2405 Sugarloaf Parkway, Lawrenceville, GA 30045.
Some of the things to remember are:
- Paper shredding is limited to five copier paper boxes
- Electronics recycling is free except for TVs, monitors, and printers - ($15 cash fee per monitor or TV; $5 cash fee per printer
- Projectors/Console TVs are $35 cash fee
- Oil based and latex paint will be accepted and limited to ten gallons per vehicle (cans must contain 25% wet paint)
- Tires are limited to eight tires per vehicle; no dealer tires
- Boxes and containers will NOT be returned
Hope to see you there!
What do you do if you see an illicit discharge or connection? REPORT IT to your local city or county municipality. Most Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) communities have programs in place that detect, eliminate, and prevent illicit discharges to the stormwater system. Here in the City of Duluth, you can contact the Stormwater Department at 770.497.5311.
For more information, please contact
the Duluth Stormwater Department at 770.497.5311.
We look forward to hearing from you!