Fair on the Square
May 6-7, 2017 Collierville Town Square
The Town of Collierville Environmental Commission with the help of the Engineering Division will set up a booth at the 2017 Fair on the Square. The booth will feature 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 will also be set up where the participant can answer an environmental question for a chance to spin the wheel and win a prize.
TENNESSEE SMART YARDS WORKSHOP
Thursday, April 6, 2017 - 9AM-3PM
How does your yard measure up? Join the Town of Collierville, along with the City of Germantown and the University of Tennessee Extension Service to learn how to create beautiful and functional landscaping and preserve natural resourses. The workshop is an all day event that focuses on teaching homeowners and landscapers how to integrate stormwater best management practices into their landscaping through the use of native plants, proper turf management, and integrated pest management.
FedEx Volunteers Deliver Service to the Collierville Community
FedEx volunteers in purple shirts gathered at Cox Park on Friday, April 22, to kick off a day of giving back to the Collierville community. Representatives from the Wolf River Conservancy and FedEx Corp. joined Collierville Mayor Stan Joyner and Collierville Schools Superintendent John Aitken in welcoming and thanking in advance approximately 100 volunteers from FedEx.
The volunteers were dispersed to Collierville High School and Schilling Farms Middle School at about 9:30 AM and spent the next three hours cleaning and rebuilding the Outdoor Education Areas at both schools. The tasks included creating removing invasive plant species, creating plant beds, installing rain barrels, laying mulch and stone, and building a shade structure, stage and bird nest boxes. Jason Walters of the Town of Collierville’s engineering department coordinated the activity, which totaled over 685 hours of community service.
The Outdoor Education Areas provide students with the opportunity to learn about the importance of water quality and preserving natural habitat. This project was one of 16 conservation projects funded by a grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and FedEx Cares, a plat form the company is using to address environmental issues in our communities.
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.