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  • Bessie Stears's avatar
    Bessie Stears 4/26/2021 11:31 AM
    Earth Week went amazing! Had around 50 volunteers clean up the Battle Creek Linear Path and Irving Park! I am waiting on some information to gather a total pounds removed. Thank you Republic Services for donating a 30 yard dumpster for our Earth Day Clean-up event! Thank you to the City of Battle Creek Staff and CCDC members that picked up all the bagged garbage. I appreciate each and everyone of you that participated. You all have made it such a success!

    • Steve Creech's avatar
      Steve Creech 4/30/2021 11:09 AM
      you guys are amazing. so proud that you're doing this. Wow!!!
  • Reflection Question
    Waterwise Community Litter Removal
    How do you feel about your community when you see lots of litter? How does litter find its way downstream?

    Kristin Blood's avatar
    Kristin Blood 4/26/2021 7:53 AM
    This week I have worked with my husband and two children, as well as three other residents and their combined four children. As we cleaned we were in awe of the type of things we found and the amount of trash we found. The kids kept asking why people litter and were eager to find as much trash as they could. With the current, wind and such trash can be carried downstream. We were lucky to have many folks willing to get right along the water's edge and clean up debris that was stuck in the muck and tangled in branches. Between all three groups that went out we collected over 100lbs of trash. It was fulfilling and well worth our time, effort and scratches earned!

    • Steve Creech's avatar
      Steve Creech 4/30/2021 11:10 AM
      We were doing storm channel clean ups of our own and we wondered the same thing. It changes your whole perspective, doesn't it?
  • Reflection Question
    Waterwise Beautification Use Native Plants When Possible
    What sort of native plants could you use for beautiful gardens, lawns, and living spaces that are more waterwise?

    Kristin Blood's avatar
    Kristin Blood 4/22/2021 6:05 AM
    I recently visited the Kellogg Bird Sanctuary where I picked up native seeds to plant here at my home. I also have a friend who shared Blue Indigo seeds with me to plant. I have been more conscious of using native plants since my formal education, realizing how invasive species can be a detrimental to an area. 
  • Reflection Question
    Waterwise Beautification Share Your Project On Social Media
    How can you use your social media footprint to make an impact on the environment? Who do you admire currently and what are they doing on social media to show how they are making our environment better?

    Kristin Blood's avatar
    Kristin Blood 4/22/2021 6:00 AM
    I can use my social media post to encourage others to join me in caring for our environment. I do not follow anyone on social media to admire what they are doing, however I have a friend who is consistent in posting about her organic gardening techniques. Her doing this encourages others and demonstrates a different way to interact with food more locally - your own backyard. 

  • Kristin Blood's avatar
    Kristin Blood 4/19/2021 12:48 PM
    The water project for me is going well. These are natural things I already do in my daily life. I do however forget to check in and log my activities. Would be cool if there was an app or something that was directly on my phone and would make it faster. 

  • Bessie Stears's avatar
    Bessie Stears 4/01/2021 4:16 AM
    I mulched around all the pine trees we planted last weekend. Really adds character and it is beneficial. 
  • Reflection Question
    Waterwise Community Take the Wyland National Mayor's Challenge for Water Conservation
    Water is a free resource, but what are the steps needed to get water to your home? What other resources are needed to ensure you have access to water? Energy? Infrastructure? What are some of the ways smart water use helps the national economy?

    Kristin Blood's avatar
    Kristin Blood 3/29/2021 1:09 PM
    I don't usually see water as a free resource, there is always a cost to using something, the cost may just not be seen in $$ signs. To get water to my faucet, there needs to be an intake of water from a source,  cleaning process, sanitizing process and delivery. To get the water from point A (origin) to me it takes energy (fuel of some sort). There have to be pipes in place, there has to be infrastructure for the cleaning/sanitizing. As I stated in previous posts, water is a commodity we take for granted in our great lakes region. It is something that is scarce in some places, not only water but CLEAN water. We need to cherish it and use it wisely. 

  • Bessie Stears's avatar
    Bessie Stears 3/29/2021 8:30 AM
    My fiancé and I purchased 30 Norway spruce trees Saturday March 27th and planted them all in our yard. Our bodies are still recovering from the plantings but it sure was great getting our hands in the soil again after a long winter. 

    • Kristin Blood's avatar
      Kristin Blood 4/22/2021 6:07 AM
      This looks beautiful. You must have some acreage to handle this large load of trees. 
  • Reflection Question
    Waterwise Home Conserve Toilet Water
    What would a sustainable water future in your region look like? What needs to change?

    Kristin Blood's avatar
    Kristin Blood 3/18/2021 11:40 AM
    Living here in MI most people don't think about water conservation or saving water, it is so abundant. I grew up in Arizona where a drought is always going on and we take water conservation very seriously, every ounce is a gift. I think what needs to change in our region is the way we see water. Rather than an infinite source, we should see it as limited. 
  • Reflection Question
    Waterwise Home 5-Minute Showers
    Five-minute showers are an impressive step toward reducing your water footprint. What is the next step you can take?

    Kristin Blood's avatar
    Kristin Blood 3/18/2021 11:38 AM
    In our showers our family attempts to reduce our soap trash by using bar soap or buying in bulk. We also have removed loofahs and use wash cloths instead, again reducing waste.