Volunteer monitoring programs encourage citizens to learn about their water resources. These programs:
- Build awareness of pollution problems
- Train volunteers about pollution prevention,
- Help clean up problem sites
- Provide data for waters that might otherwise be unassessed, and
- Increase the amount of water quality information available to decision makers at all levels of government.
The volunteers often become educators themselves, informing inquisitive passersby, family, colleagues, and friends about stormwater.
Volunteers conduct a variety of activities including:
- Analyzing water samples for dissolved oxygen, nutrients, pH, temperature, and many other water constituents,
- Evaluating the health of stream habitats and aquatic biological communities,
- Making inventories of streamside conditions and land uses that may affect water quality,
- Cataloging and collecting beach debris, and
- Restoring degraded habitats.
Citizen monitoring can provide important data and information during the development of a stormwater program. These data help determine what management practices and strategies are most appropriate for a particular community or set of issues. State and local agencies can use volunteer data to delineate and characterize watersheds, screen for water quality problems, evaluate the success of best management practices, and measure baseline conditions and trends.
Storm Drain Labeling
You may have seen the “No Dumping, Drains to River” message labeled next to a storm drain on your street as a reminder not to dump anything down a storm drain. Many people think that pollutants entering the storm drain system will be cleaned up at the Wastewater Treatment Plant before being discharged into the stream. However, in Radcliff, all storm drains empty directly into our local streams which flow to a nearby sinkhole.
Labeling storm drains with the message “Dump No Waste, Drains to Stream” is one way to inform our community and do your part to help protect local rivers and streams. We provide you with all of the supplies, including glue, drain markers and safety vests.
If you are interested in organizing a storm drain labeling party in your neighborhood, with your faith community, scout troop, or any group, now is the time to take action and join the Stormwater Program in being part of the Solution to Pollution!
Report Illegal Dumping
Report Illegal Dumping. If you have witnessed illegal dumping or an illicit discharge in the City of Radcliff or know of a location where illegal dumping or an illicit discharge has occurred, please report online at Illegal Dumping/Illicit Discharge or call us at 270-351-4714.
Keep the City of Radcliff Beautiful Programs
If you are interested in learning more about Keeping Radcliff Beautiful (KRB) programs or if you would like to participate, please email Radcliff’s Special Projects Coordinator Dale Painter at DPainter@radcliff.org.
KRB Programs that may be of interest:
- Adopt-a-Street/Adopt-a-Stream: These programs are easy, fun, and perfect for individuals, businesses, churches, clubs, schools and organizations. The idea is simple: groups or individuals agree to adopt a street or stream and take responsibility for keeping it clean.
- Clean and Beautiful Neighborhood: Participate in a Clean & Beautiful Neighborhood Sub-committee with your neighborhood association! Activities may include stream cleanups or tree planting projects.
- Green and Clean Campus: If your school is interested in developing an environmentally friendly club or organization, let the City of Radcliff help!
- Clean Company: Does your company want to become more environmentally aware? Join the Clean Company Program to participate in litter prevention and cleanup programs!