Adopt-A-Culvert/Swale Program

The LHWPG knows that every homeowner wants to help maintain the beauty and health of Lake Harmony. To support that goal, LHWPG is introducing the Adopt-A-Culvert program offering just that opportunity!  Various culverts, swales, drains and rain gardens located in Lake Harmony are covered in the program. The areas include Lake Harmony Association Lake Harmony Estates, Split Rock and any areas surrounding the lake that are affected by stormwater runoff.

Both recent storm water engineering reports (Arro and Hanover) have stated that one of the major reasons that Lake Harmony is filling with sediment and leaves is the ineffectiveness of existing drainage structures resulting from clogged drains, leaves blocking and filling rain gardens and built up of debris from years of neglect. This problem is easily remedied if all of us collectively participate in some way in protecting the health of Lake Harmony. You can do your part by “Adopting a Culvert”.

Please submit your name or the name of a property, including an address, along with a description and location of the culvert you wish to adopt. A list of know culverts and drains are mapped below.

Don’t miss your chance to...Jump in and help better your community by protecting the lake. If you do not have the time to participate, your financial support to Adopt- a Culvert/Swale will defray expenses to have the culverts professionally cleaned. Go to Donate Page and Click on Adopt a Culvert Button. A $50.00 donation will pay for one hour worth of cleaning. (Each culvert takes about 3- 4 hours to clean)

Anyone who commits to adopting a culvert will receive recognition at the Watershed benefit in July and their name(s) along with the adopted culvert will be listed below under current Culvert/Swale Supporters.  If you do not see a drainage area on the map please make note of the location via email to us.

Detailed List of Culverts/Swales

Click Here for a List of Current Culvert/Swale Supporters.

Click Here for a map of the culverts/swale.

Adopt-A-Culvert/Swale Map

 

Please fill out the form below to adopt a culvert.

Why We Need to Protect Our Watersheds?

Earth is covered in 70% water and unfortunately 40-50% of our nation's waters are impaired or threatened.  "Impaired" means that the water body does not support one or more of its intended uses. This could mean that the water is not suitable to drink, swim in or to consume the fish that was caught there.

The leading causes of pollution in our waterways are sediments, bacteria (such as E. coli) and excess nutrients (such as nitrogen and phosphorus). Although nutrients sound like things that belong in a healthy environment, they can cause big problems in a poorly managed watershed. For instance, sediment can suffocate fish by clogging their gills and the presence of bacteria alone can indicate that other viruses and germs can be found in the water as well. Erosion, runoff of animal waste and overflowing of combined sewers are just a few ways these pollutants reach our waters.

The  state's top causes of impairment in streams and rivers are pathogens; polychlorinated biphenyl; and mercury. In ponds and reservoirs, by mercury, exotic species and algae growth cause impairments. 

Why Do We Need Healthy Watersheds?

Watersheds sustain life, in more ways than one.  According to the Environmental Protection Agency, more than $450 billion in foods, fiber, manufactured goods and tourism depend on clean, healthy watersheds. That is why proper watershed protection is necessary  to you and your community.

Watershed protection is a means of protecting a lake, river, or stream by managing the entire watershed that drains into it. Clean, healthy watersheds depend on an informed public to make the right decisions when it comes to the environment and actions made by the community.