Tonawanda News — The Erie County Department of Environment in Planning, along with the Western New York Stormwater Coalition, have announced the Stormwater Challenge Contest.
The contest aims to raise awareness about storm water runoff, which occurs when rain and snow can’t soak into the ground, and instead, runs off rooftops, driveways, streets and lawns.
“A substantial volume of runoff flows through systems of pipes and ditches that eventually discharge directly into nearby streams, rivers and lakes. When this runoff comes in contact with certain pollutants, such as lawn chemicals, motor vehicle fluids and pet wastes, it may become contaminated,” a statement from the county reads.
The contest is part of an effort to educate participants on how to keep stormwater clean, what a storm sewer is intended for, ways to prevent the pollution of natural waters and how to protect valuable resources.
Those who are interested in the contest can submit an online quiz by May 31 on stormwater runoff. The quiz is available at www.erie.gov/stormwater.
Forty-eight winners will be chosen at random and will receive a family four pack of tickets to either the Maid of the Mist, Naval and Military Park, Lockport Cave and Underground Boat Tour or Quaker City Ferry Company, a kayak package, a rain barrel or a slip-n-slide and a beach toy set, snorkel set, or double tube float.
“Our Western New York water resources are the keystone for attracting economic development and creating a blue economy,” Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz said. “Erie County is committed to protecting our water-based assets, and I recommend that all residents take the challenge, learn how their day-to-day activities impact water quality, and learn how small changes in their lives and yards can add up to huge returns for all of us.”