Letters to the Editor

Do your part to keep out waterways clean

EDITOR:

My name is Joshua Medina. I attend the fourth grade at Lake Forest Elementary School and have created an enviro-mercial (environmental commercial) about water pollution. Here is some knowledge that I have gained from my research:

Did you know that all of California’s waterways are affected by pollution in some form? Water runoff carries pollutants to storm drains then waterways. Runoff is often left untreated. Pollution harms various native species such as steelhead trout, salmon, certain waterfowl, etc. These are just some examples of species affected by pollution. Pollutants include air pollution, boat sewage, expired medicines, garden chemicals, litter, oil, paint, pesticides, scat, soap, soil and yard debris.

The government’s Clean Water Act protects our nation’s waters by regulating pollution levels. But that is not enough! Everyone can help by following these tips:

• Minimize the use of your car by walking, biking, or using public transportation
• Take boat sewage to a pump-out station
• Dispose medicines in a receptacle bin at a doctor’s office or pharmacy
• Use garden chemicals that minimize poison to the environment
• Always pick up any litter
• Let bugs and spiders get rid of pests naturally
• Collect scat in bags and dispose in trash cans
• Plant vegetation in bare dirt to minimize erosion
• Compost food and yard waste

My efforts to prevent water pollution are:

• I helped organize Green Earth, an environmental group at school that picks up litter and rakes yard waste
• I will walk to middle school in sixth grade
• I have carpooled since kindergarten

I hope you will take this information that will influence our local people to be more mindful of our environment. If you want to view my enviro-mercial go to this link: youtube.com/watch?v=E-j0kzU_wyY. Thank you!

Joshua Medina
El Dorado Hills

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  • Kou FuApril 26, 2013 - 7:22 pm

    Great message, Joshua! We can all learn from your suggestions and do our part to keep the water clean... so we have tastier fish to eat ;-)

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