New watershed signs aim to keep county’s streams clean
To the Editor:
Residents will notice that new road signs are going up throughout St. Clair County. In fact, 45 new signs are being installed on roadways throughout the entire county marking critical road-stream crossings.
The St. Clair County Health Department and other local municipalities have undertaken an initiative to improve recognition and awareness of our streams and rivers. As part of this initiative, watershed signs are being installed at highly visible road-stream crossings throughout these communities identifying the tributaries of the Belle, Pine, Black, and St. Clair Rivers.
The sign features the name of the watershed, the waterway being crossed over, and the words "Ours to Protect." The sign layers the message of environmental awareness of the small waterways that make up our watersheds, and also help satisfy communities' requirements for the federal Clean Water Act storm water discharge permit. It is a practical, positive step toward support for pollution prevention programs.
The St. Clair County Health Department is dedicated to protecting our local rivers and streams. We know that clean water for drinking and recreation, as well as for fish and wildlife habitat, is important. Yet not everyone realizes the connection between our small drains and larger rivers. Making sure our water is free of pollutants ensures clean water for every person, for every purpose.