Fair on the Square
May 6-7, 2017 Collierville Town Square
The Town of Collierville Environmental Commission with the help of the Engineering Division set up a booth at the 2017 Fair on the Square. The booth featured information on the Town's recycle program, a display of hazardous household waste, and various brouchures related to stormwater and water quality. A "spin" game was also set up where participants answered an environmental question for a chance to spin the wheel and win a prize.
Fair patrons were asked to fill out a questionaire to be entered in the drawing for the rain barrel giveaway. Below are the questions and answers on the questionaire. The rain barrel winner was John Neal from Collierville.
TENNESSEE SMART YARDS WORKSHOP
Thursday, April 6, 2017 - 9AM-3PM
The Town of Collierville, along with the City of Germantown and the University of Tennessee Extension Service, hosted the annual Tennessee Smart Yards (TNSY) Workshop at the Collierville Chamber of Commerce. The workshop was an all day event that focused on teaching the participants about: 1) the overall land-water connection concept, 2) the nine principles that provide the foundation of the TNSY program, managing lawns and gardens, amending soils, and mulching, 3) efficiently managing rainwater, 4) how to put it all together into a design that meets their needs. Speakers included Robbie Hanks (Town of Collierville), Tim Bierdz (City of Germantown), Chris Cooper (UT Extension), and guest speaker and Master Gardener, Joellen Dimond .
The homeowners also recieved handbooks, guides, rain gauges, magnifying glasses and other items that will help achieve their Smart Yard. Snacks and lunch were also provided.
The Tennessee Smart Yards Workshop will be hosted by the City of Germantown in the Spring of 2018. Hope to see you next year!!
Stormwater Best Management Practices (BMPs) for Homeowners
A rain barrel collects and stores rainwater from rooftops to use later for watering plants and gardens. Water collected in a rain barrel would normally pour off your roof directly or flow through roof gutter downspouts and become stormwater runoff, the leading type of residential non-point source of pollution. Depending on your yard, this runoff can travel onto paved surfaces and eventually into a storm drain.
Rain barrels conserve water and help lower costs (a rain barrel can save approximately 1,300 gallons of water during peak summer months).
Rain barrels reduce water pollution by reducing stormwater runoff, which can contain pollutants like sediment, oil, grease, bacteria and nutrients.
Rain barrels are inexpensive, easy to build and install.
Rain barrels can also be arranged to slowly release the collected rainfall to areas that can soak up the water, reducing stormwater runoff and increasing groundwater recharge.
Want to build your own rain barrel? Click here for instructions
Rain Gardens are a natural and beautiful way to reduce and clean storm water. They are shallow, depressed gardens designed to collect rainwater and allow it time to infiltrate into the soil. This results in cleaner water, less water entering our storm sewer systems, and more water recharging the underground aquifer which supplies our drinking water. Rain Gardens are filled with native plants which provide a colorful, low maintenance habitat for song birds and butterflies.
Want to install a rain garden in your yard? The City of Nashville has developed a manual for installing and maintaining rain gardens. To view a copy, click here
Do you have a group or organization interested in learning more about Stormwater Best Management Practices (BMPs)?
The Town of Collierville's Stormwater Coordinator is available for presentations or workshops for your Homeowners Association, Church, Clubs, School Groups, etc. Please call for more information or to schedule and appointment (901) 457-2346.
Additional Stormwater Literature
Effective Rain to Drain Management - Learn more about stormwater, how it impacts your neighborhoods, and what you can do around your home to ensure proper stormwater drainage. The brochure also answers your questions on flood insurance and where you can find more information.
Stormwater Pollution Prevention - Learn what stormwater is, why it is important, how pollution effects stormwater, and what you can do to prevent stormwater pollution.
Household Hazardous Waste - A brochure about the Memphis & Shelby County Hazardous Household Waste Facility.
Pet Waste Disposal - A brochure on the effects of pet waste on our streams and the proper way to dispose of pet waste.
Yard Waste Disposal - A flyer on the proper disposal of yard waste.
Stormwater Inlet Maintenance - A video how to properly maintain stormwater inlets.