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EPA_pet_waste_PSA

Pledges: Pet Poo

The EPA states that "Droppings from pets, such as dogs, cats, exotic birds and rabbits, are deposited into rivers, streams, and other water bodies and can threaten human health."

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Pet Waste- EPA Blog

Pledges: Pet Poo

The EPA states that, "When pet waste is left behind, it washes into storm drains and ditches, and there’s nowhere it’s ok to just leave it."

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ODNR Division of Wildlife

Pledges: Waterfowl Management

The Division of Wildlife’s mission is to conserve and improve fish and wildlife resources and their habitats for sustainable use and appreciation by all.

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ODNR Division of Wildlife Canadian Geese

Pledges: Waterfowl Management

Before 1950, Canada geese were only known as migrants and winter visitors to Ohio. In the early 1950s, the Ohio Division of Wildlife initiated a program to establish resident flocks within the state. These introduction efforts were immediately successful.

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Nuisance Species: Mute Swans

Pledges: Waterfowl Management

Mute swans are commonly seen on large public lakes and are widespread throughout Ohio. They are considered a non-native invasive species in the United States and are becoming a nuisance here in Ohio. This webpage provides information on the species and control efforts, as well as useful links in the case that you are experiencing issues on your property.

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ODNR Division of Wildlife Mute Swan

Pledges: Waterfowl Management

Mute swans are a European introduction, brought over to beautify ornamental ponds. They have escaped to the wild, and feral populations are expanding, causing increasing problems as these swans are aggressive and can displace native waterfowl.

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Contact a Nuisance Trapper

Pledges: Waterfowl Management

Download a current list of licensed Commercial Nuisance Wild Animal Control Operators in Ohio to the right in the case that you are experiencing issues on your property. A helpful tip for utilizing this document is to use the find function in your PDF viewer and search based on your city or zip code.

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ODNR Goose Damage Permit

Pledges: Waterfowl Management

Most people will welcome and start feeding the first pair of geese on their pond, but these geese will soon wear out their welcome. In just a few years, a pair of geese can easily become 50 to 100 birds. The feces will foul the areas around the pond and surrounding yards and also damage the lawn, pond and other vegetation. Importantly, Canada geese are protected under both the Federal Migratory Bird Treaty Act and Ohio state law. This resource provides the information you need to know if geese become a problem on your property.

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The Water. Looking After Our Planet

Pledges: Super Kids

Our Earth surface is about 75% water, including freshwater lakes and streams in our region to the vast oceans across the Globe. This short video is helpful for explaining to young children some of the issues of water pollution ,and how they can help to reduce contamination.

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Distribution of Earth’s Water

Pledges: Super Kids, Water Conservation

While many know that 75% of the Earth's surface is covered in water, the breakdown of that distribution is fascinating to learn. This graphic illustrates the percentages of total global water, freshwater, and Surface water and other freshwater.

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Clifton Sanitation District – Water Pollution & Wastewater for Kids

Pledges: Super Kids

This resource links to webpage complied by the Clifton CO Sanitation District, which includes a great collection of Water Pollution and Wastewater resources for kids.

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OH Soil & Water Conservation Districts (SWCD)

Pledges: Lawn Fertilizer

Each Ohio county has a local Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) organized around the same political boundary, including incorporated areas such as cities and villages. Soil and Water Conservation Districts provide technical, financial, and education resources to meet the needs of local land users for conservation. SWCDs develop and implement programs to protect and conserve soil, water, prime farmland, woodland, wildlife, and urban areas. 

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MSU Soil & Plant Nutrient Laboratory

Pledges: Lawn Fertilizer

If you feel that an area of your property is deficient in nutrients for your growing conditions, it's a good idea to know what nutrients your soil is in need of. Knowing this can help to reduce nutrient levels in runoff by targeting your fertilizers and application program to your soils specific needs.

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Look for Zero Phosphorus Lawn Fertilizer – NYSDEC

Pledges: Lawn Fertilizer

Fertilizers come in many different forms, if you choose to use them in your garden of lawn it's best to know what sort of effects they have on the ecosystems once they leave your property.

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NAPPC Protecting Monarchs Brochure

Pledges: Native Plants & Pollinators

Each fall millions of monarch butterflies migrate to overwintering sites in Mexico and California. In the spring monarchs return to breeding areas and the cycle starts again: a two-way migration that is one of the most spectacular on the planet. Yet, this migration appears to be declining. Researchers are working to determine the causes of this decline. This brochure explains more about this beautiful insects, their migration, and what you can do to support them along their way.

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CCCW Pollinator Reading List

Pledges: Native Plants & Pollinators

While there are currently lots of books that focus on the European honey bee, this reading list tries to highlight native bees and insects, which are often overlooked and are suffering their own declines. The list starts with resources for children and is followed by suggested adult readings.

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UIUC – Bumblebee Identification Key

Pledges: Native Plants & Pollinators

Native bees are a hidden treasure. From alpine meadows in the national forests of the Rocky Mountains to the Sonoran Desert in the Coronado National Forest in Arizona and from the boreal forests of the Tongass National Forest in Alaska to the Ocala National Forest in Florida, bees can be found anywhere in North America, where flowers bloom. This resource

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1-2-3 Punch

Pledges: Native Plants & Pollinators

There are three major threats toward pollinator populations learn more about them here.

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Insects Made My Sundae

Pledges: Native Plants & Pollinators

Pollinators create more than $250,000,000,000 in output annually across the globe. Their work contributes to help grow many of the foods that we love.

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CCCW Program Description & License Structure

Pledges: Uncategorized

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Sting Guide

Pledges: Native Plants & Pollinators

Don’t let a fear of getting stung keep you from helping the important critters! It’s true that some pollinator insects sting and some insects that look like pollinators sting. There are even pollinators that look like they sting but don’t.

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Inspecting Your Septic Tank

Pledges: Septic Maintenance

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Arizona Extension – Maintaining Your Septic Tank

Pledges: Septic Maintenance

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Dog Doogity PSA

Pledges: Pet Poo

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EPA – The Choice is Yours

Pledges: Pet Poo

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Pollinator Coloring Page

Pledges: Native Plants & Pollinators, Super Kids

Our coloring pages are a fun way to highlight the important topics and pledges of Clear Choices Clean Water.

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Bring CCCW to Your Community

Pledges: Uncategorized

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EPA – ACT: In Your Community

Pledges: Volunteer Service

Even if you do not live near the beach, you can still protect the water quality by learning how pollution in your local stream or watershed affects water quality at downstream beaches. You can use the links provided to find out about volunteer programs and opportunities as well as state, federal, or local programs for protecting the quality of the water in your neighborhood and at the beach.

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Clean Water Starts with You Video

Pledges: Uncategorized

Featuring Mark Ruffalo

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Soil Health with Kevin Allison #1

Pledges: Healthy Soils

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Soil Health with Kevin Allison #2

Pledges: Healthy Soils

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Soil Health with Kevin Allison #3

Pledges: Healthy Soils

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Soil Health with Kevin Allison #4

Pledges: Healthy Soils

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Bee Part of the Buzz

Pledges: Native Plants & Pollinators

Pollinators are crucial to the food web, and native plants are the starting point. In fact, more than a third of crops worldwide rely on pollination—foods like honey, berries, apples, and peaches

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Your Lawn Grows Algae

Pledges: Lawn Fertilizer

Fertilizers come in many different forms, if you choose to use them in your garden of lawn it's best to know what sort of effects they have on the ecosystems once they leave your property.

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What Goes Down Comes Back Around

Pledges: Septic Maintenance

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Small Drops Make a Big Impact

Pledges: Water Conservation

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Get Back to Your Roots

Pledges: Native Plants & Pollinators

Native plants have have deep root systems that help hold soil in place and also filter out pollutants. In addition, native plants are a great food source for pollinators and provide habitat for wildlife.

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Is Water Worth Your Time?

Pledges: Volunteer Service

"Most people don’t know what kind of pollution is in their waterways, getting out sharing knowledge and experiences is the best way to change this"

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Your Soil Has Secrets!

Pledges: Healthy Soils

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Catch Water in the Canopy

Pledges: Trees

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Goose Poo is Fowl Too!

Pledges: Waterfowl Management

Feeding ducks and geese is fun and entertaining especially for young children, but its harmful to. Watch this video to learn why.

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Planting to Protect Pollinators

Pledges: Native Plants & Pollinators

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Protecting Pollinators from Common Threats Video

Pledges: Native Plants & Pollinators

Pollinators are responsible for the reproduction of about 1/3 of our food crops and almost all wild plants. But pollinator populations are declining due to a variety of threats

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What are Pollinators

Pledges: Native Plants & Pollinators

Pollinators are responsible for the reproduction of about 1/3 of our food crops and almost all wild plants. But pollinator populations are declining due to a variety of threats.

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Protect Pollinators

Pledges: Native Plants & Pollinators

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Audubon Guide to Bird Seed

Pledges: Waterfowl Management

Bird feeding can benefit birds and also provides great birdwatching in your own backyard. This informative pamphlet offers sever wonderful tips.

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Audubon Guide to Bird Feeding

Pledges: Waterfowl Management

Bird feeding can benefit birds while also providing pleasure for people throughout the year. This pamphlet breaks down the basics of bird feeding.

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References

Pledges: Healthy Soils, Lawn Fertilizer, Native Plants & Pollinators, Pet Poo, Septic Maintenance, Super Kids, Trees, Water Conservation, Waterfowl Management

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Plant Spacing Chart

Pledges: Native Plants & Pollinators

Do you need help determining the number of plants you need for an area? Here is a chart that can help you with that.

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Shoreline Design – Bird & Butterfly Attraction

Pledges: Native Plants & Pollinators

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Shoreline Design – Below Seawall

Pledges: Native Plants & Pollinators

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Shoreline Design – Above Seawall

Pledges: Native Plants & Pollinators

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Rain Garden Design – Short Stature

Pledges: Native Plants & Pollinators

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Rain Garden Design – Partial Shade

Pledges: Native Plants & Pollinators

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Rain Garden Design – Low Diversity

Pledges: Native Plants & Pollinators

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Rain Garden Design – Attracting Birds & Butterflies

Pledges: Native Plants & Pollinators

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Native Plant Design – Short Stature

Pledges: Native Plants & Pollinators

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Native Plant Design – Partial Shade

Pledges: Native Plants & Pollinators

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Native Plant Design – Low Diversity

Pledges: Native Plants & Pollinators

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Native Plant Design – Attracting Birds & Butterflies

Pledges: Native Plants & Pollinators

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Rain Garden & Native Planting Area Maintenance Guide

Pledges: Native Plants & Pollinators

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Build Your Own Rain Garden

Pledges: Native Plants & Pollinators

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Rain Garden Graphic

Pledges: Native Plants & Pollinators

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Xerces Society – Nesting & Overwintering Habitat for Pollinators

Pledges: Native Plants & Pollinators

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Pollinator Partnership – Plants for Pollinators

Pledges: Native Plants & Pollinators

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Native Plant Design – Attracting Pollinators

Pledges: Native Plants & Pollinators

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EPA – Bee Advisory Label

Pledges: Native Plants & Pollinators

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Pollinator Partnership – Pollinated Food

Pledges: Native Plants & Pollinators

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USGS Interactive Water Cycle

Pledges: Super Kids

The water cycle is apparent through the visual clues we see like fog, clouds, and rain. But, there are many other details that are involved. This interactive webpage provided by the US Geological Survey offers a complete explaination in a fun visual way.

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Superhero Word Search – Answer Key

Pledges: Super Kids

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Water Use It Wisely Games

Pledges: Super Kids

This resource offers a collection of educational games that were compiled by the Water - Use It Wisely. This group has been educating people about water conservation and water-saving techniques in Arizona since 1999.

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USGS Water Science

Pledges: Super Kids

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Water Science for Kids

Pledges: Super Kids

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EPA WaterSense for Kids

Pledges: Super Kids

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Project WET – Discover Water

Pledges: Super Kids

Project WET is engaged in envisioning a world in which action-oriented education enables everyone to understand and value water, ensuring a sustainable future. This resources page offers several interactive learning tools and games.

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Hydro-Glyphics

Pledges: Super Kids

This poem created by a school student in Queens, New York has been transformed into an activity that may help to inspire learning about water and conservation.

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Fishing Coloring Page

Pledges: Super Kids

Our coloring pages are a fun way to highlight the important topics and pledges of Clear Choices Clean Water.

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Water Cycle Coloring Page

Pledges: Super Kids

Our coloring pages are a fun way to highlight the important topics and pledges of Clear Choices Clean Water.

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River Coloring Page

Pledges: Super Kids

Our coloring pages are a fun way to highlight the important topics and pledges of Clear Choices Clean Water.

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Lake Coloring Page

Pledges: Super Kids

Our coloring pages are a fun way to highlight the important topics and pledges of Clear Choices Clean Water.

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Otter Coloring Page

Pledges: Super Kids

Our coloring pages are a fun way to highlight the important topics and pledges of Clear Choices Clean Water.

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Splashing Frog Coloring Page

Pledges: Super Kids

Our coloring pages are a fun way to highlight the important topics and pledges of Clear Choices Clean Water.

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Water Everywhere Coloring Page

Pledges: Super Kids

Our coloring pages are a fun way to highlight the important topics and pledges of Clear Choices Clean Water.

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Water Lily Coloring Page

Pledges: Super Kids

Our coloring pages are a fun way to highlight the important topics and pledges of Clear Choices Clean Water.

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Frog on Lily Pad Coloring Page

Pledges: Super Kids

Our coloring pages are a fun way to highlight the important topics and pledges of Clear Choices Clean Water.

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Earth Day Coloring Page

Pledges: Super Kids

Our coloring pages are a fun way to highlight the important topics and pledges of Clear Choices Clean Water.

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EPA Matching Game Answer Key

Pledges: Super Kids

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EPA Word Scramble Answer Key

Pledges: Super Kids

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EPA Word Scramble

Pledges: Super Kids

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EPA Matching Game

Pledges: Super Kids

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Clean Water Superhero Word Search

Pledges: Super Kids

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EPA – Trash and Climate Change

Pledges: Super Kids

Planet Protectors Discover the Hidden Reasons To Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle.

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EPA – Planet Protectors

Pledges: Super Kids

The US Environmental Protection Agency has created an activity book that offers several answers to the question, "What on earth can you do with an old jelly jar".

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EPA – Follow That Trail

Pledges: Super Kids

Someone dropped an important note, but sticky fingers wiped out some of the words. Follow the suspect’s footprints around the house to learn more about the Earth and its resources, and to look for clues to solve the mystery at the end.

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EPA – Case of the Broken Loop

Pledges: Super Kids

Follow the detective through each of these activities to learn more about reducing waste and conserving resources. All you need is a pencil and your ace detective skills to solve the puzzle at the end. If you need help, turn to the answers in the back. Don’t let the Garbage Gremlin slip away!

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Stormwater – Know Where It Goes

Pledges: Healthy Soils

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USGS Water Cycle

Pledges: Super Kids

The water cycle is apparent through the visual clues we see like fog, clouds, and rain. But, there are many more details involved. This resource provided by the US Geological Survey offers a complete explaination in a fun visual way, and is also offered in as an interactive webpage.

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NRCS – Soil Health Nuggets

Pledges: Healthy Soils

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NRCS – Feeding 2050 Population

Pledges: Healthy Soils

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NRCS – Healthy Soil Composition

Pledges: Healthy Soils

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NRCS – Teaspoon of Healthy Soil

Pledges: Healthy Soils

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NRCS – Earthworm Populations

Pledges: Healthy Soils

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NRCS – Niagra Falls

Pledges: Healthy Soils

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NRCS – Water Retention

Pledges: Healthy Soils

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U of Minnesota Extension – Crop Rotation

Pledges: Healthy Soils

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U of Minnesota Extension – Plant Families

Pledges: Healthy Soils

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Soil Food Web

Pledges: Healthy Soils

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Cover Crop Basics for Gardens

Pledges: Healthy Soils

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Cover Crop Examples

Pledges: Healthy Soils

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Tillage Type Definitions

Pledges: Healthy Soils

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NRCS – Protazoa Information

Pledges: Healthy Soils

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NRCS – Nematodes Information

Pledges: Healthy Soils

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NRCS – Fungi Information

Pledges: Healthy Soils

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NRCS – Earthworms Information

Pledges: Healthy Soils

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NRCS – Soil Bacteria Information

Pledges: Healthy Soils

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NRCS – Soil Arthropods Information

Pledges: Healthy Soils

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Dig a Little Deeper

Pledges: Healthy Soils

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Composting with Worms

Pledges: Healthy Soils

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USDA – Soil Health Checklist

Pledges: Healthy Soils

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USDA – Soil Health Starter Kit

Pledges: Healthy Soils

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EPA WaterSense Indiana Water Fact Sheet

Pledges: Water Conservation

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Mother Earth News: Reusing Things

Pledges: Water Conservation

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Purdue Extension – Household Composting

Pledges: Healthy Soils, Water Conservation

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EPA – Water Use & Recycling

Pledges: Water Conservation

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Energy Star

Pledges: Water Conservation

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EPA WaterSense

Pledges: Water Conservation

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National Geographic Water Conservation Tips

Pledges: Water Conservation

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Citizens Energy Group – Be Water Wise

Pledges: Water Conservation

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HomeWaterWorks – Water Calculator

Pledges: Water Conservation

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Water Footprint Network

Pledges: Water Conservation

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Water Short List

Pledges: Water Conservation

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ISDH County Health Departments

Pledges: Septic Maintenance

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IDNR – Classified Forest Program

Pledges: Trees

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IDNR – Woodlot Owner Information

Pledges: Trees

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Purdue Forestry – Woodlots

Pledges: Trees

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Water Movement Through a Tree

Pledges: Trees

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4R’s of Nutrient Stewardship

Pledges: Healthy Soils, Lawn Fertilizer, Native Plants & Pollinators

The 4Rs are stewardship principals which promote best management practices to achieve cropping system goals while minimizing field nutrient loss and maximizing crop uptake.

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How to Read a Fertilizer Label

Pledges: Healthy Soils, Lawn Fertilizer, Native Plants & Pollinators

Fertilizer nutrient labels provide a breakdown of the products contents. This document provide a short explanation of what these labels mean

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Penn State Extension – Reading a Pesticide Label

Pledges: Healthy Soils, Lawn Fertilizer, Native Plants & Pollinators

Commercial and industrial pesticide products are registered with the Environmental Protection Agency and their labels provide a bounty of different information. This clarifying document provides a valuable background for understanding these labels.

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U of Minnesota Extension – Algae Adage

Pledges: Healthy Soils, Lawn Fertilizer

One pound of phosphorus can produce from 300 to 500 pounds of algae. We've stated this as a fact on many of the Clear Choices Clean Waters material. But, where did this knowledge come from. This informative document explains in plain language where this detail was derived and what it means for you. The document was created with the perspective of Minnesota waters in mind, but is just as relevant in our area as well.

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Soil Testing Laboratories

Pledges: Healthy Soils, Lawn Fertilizer

If you feel that an area of your property is deficient in nutrients for your growing conditions, it's a good idea to know what nutrients your soil is in need of. Knowing this can help to reduce nutrient levels in runoff by targeting your fertilizers and application program to your soils specific needs. Here is a supplemental list of soil testing labs compiled by the Plant and Pest Diagnostic Laboratory at Purdue University.

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Hoosier Riverwatch – Eutrophication Process

Pledges: Lawn Fertilizer

Eutrophication as explained in this infographic is the overabundance of nutrients in a waterbody. This document provides a simple explanation of the sources and effects of eutrophication from a watershed perspective.

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100+ Ways to Conserve Water

Pledges: Water Conservation

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Energy Efficient Appliances – Dish Washers

Pledges: Water Conservation

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Energy Efficient Appliances – Clothes Washers

Pledges: Water Conservation

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It All Piles Up

Pledges: Pet Poo

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Use and Care of Aging Septic Systems

Pledges: Septic Maintenance

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ISDH List of Sewage Diseases

Pledges: Septic Maintenance

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Purdue Extension – Septic Tanks

Pledges: Septic Maintenance

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EPA Homeowner’s Guide to Septic Systems

Pledges: Septic Maintenance

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Purdue Extension – Landscaping Over Septic Systems

Pledges: Septic Maintenance

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Purdue Extension – Septic System Failure

Pledges: Septic Maintenance

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NOAA Podcast – Eutrophication

Pledges: Lawn Fertilizer

This podcast short features Dr. Suzanne Bricker from the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science who explains some of the ground level understanding of eutrophication.

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Gulf of Mexico Hypoxia

Pledges: Lawn Fertilizer

This website outlines the aquatic condition known as hypoxia, or oxygen depletion, and offers an in-depth explanation of hypoxia in the Gulf of Mexico

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US EPA/Mississippi River & Gulf of Mexico Task Force – Hypoxia 101

Pledges: Lawn Fertilizer

Hypoxia is an aquatic condition that creates "dead zones" in a waterbody, in our area it is related to the eutrophication of our waterbodies. Hypoxia also occurs in other parts of the country and the world. This resource provides some of the key knowledge for understanding hypoxia and its effects on the environment.

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What You Do Matters

Pledges: Healthy Soils, Lawn Fertilizer, Native Plants & Pollinators, Pet Poo, Septic Maintenance, Super Kids, Trees, Volunteer Service, Water Conservation, Waterfowl Management

This simple infographic illustrates how the choices you make, may actually result in creating sources of pollution that effect the aquatic ecosystem in your watershed.

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AML Sample Sheets

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