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Water Quality Messaging Program for Lawn Care

Monday, July 27, 2015  
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Franklin Soil and Water Conservation District is currently partnering with City of Columbus and Bluestem Communications to tailor water quality messaging for interested landscaping and lawn care companies. By working together, we believe we can improve water quality in central Ohio while helping proactive lawn care companies receive the recognition they deserve from public agencies for taking water-friendly steps.

Our goals are:

1. To increase our reach to residents in promoting good stormwater practices at home. This may include properly disposing of yard waste, mowing high, watering at the right time, and using rain gardens and rain barrels to keep stormwater on properties.

2. To reinforce, promote, and strengthen Best Management Practices (BMPs) for company employees and their customers. Examples are the use of visual prompts like magnets and stickers; commitments, and public recognition for practices such as sweeping up lawn clippings and fertilizer from hard surfaces.

This opportunity is limited to businesses operating primarily within the City of Columbus. If your company would benefit from sharing successful best management techniques and practices; better communication methods and tools for use with customers; recognition among several public partner agencies; and free training and workshops, please contact Sara Ernst at Franklin Soil and Water Conservation District by email at or by phone: 614-486-9613.

Franklin Soil and Water Conservation District is the county’s natural resource agency. Its mission is to promote responsible land use decisions for the conservation, protection and improvement of soil and water resources by providing information assistance through effective partnering, technical guidance and education.

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