Septic Systems In Spring

The birds are chirping, and the weather is warming. These are sure signs that spring is upon us! While we are relishing in the long overdue warmth, our septic system may be struggling. Spring rains and snow melts along with temperature fluctuations can cause problems with your septic system. Fortunately, there are thing you can do to prevent problems before they occur.

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Don’t Put Your Oak Trees At Risk

While spring brings flowers and warm weather, it also increases the risk of accidentally killing your oak trees.

Oak wilt can kill an oak tree in as little as three weeks after becoming infected. While the disease is caused by a fungus, that fungus is often transmitted to new oak trees by tiny insects called picnic beetles. These beetles are attracted to oak trees after they are cut or damaged, and spread the fungus to the tree once they make contact with an open wound.

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Invasive Plant Species Threaten the Health of Your Forest

Forests are a wonderful place to relax, enjoy nature, hunt, and engage in other fun activities, but our enjoyment of our forests is threatened by numerous invasive plant species. These plants can outcompete – and sometimes, even replace – native plant species, which significantly impacts the long-term health of our forests.

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Keep Calm and Watch for the Asian Longhorned Beetle

Since the Emerald Ash Borer first invaded Michigan in 2002, it has killed millions of native ash trees across the state, and even more across the country. But despite its continued importance in Michigan, the Emerald Ash Borer is not the only invasive insect responsible forest landowners should be looking out for.

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Does Dirt Hurt?

“Dirt Don’t Hurt”, unless you are talking about sediment. Sediment is made up of loose particles of clay, silt or sand that have been eroded from the soil. Once eroded, they become free flowing in air or water and eventually settle onto land, stream bottoms or lake beds. Sediment is among the most abundant types of non-point source pollution. It is estimated that over 4.5 billion tons of sediment pollute the rivers of the country each year. That is the equivalent of 25,000 football fields, 100 feet deep!

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What You May Not Know About Electronic Recycling

In 2013, the Shiawassee Conservation District launched a highly success electronic recycling program in partnership with Comprenew. Recently, the District sat down with Scott Vanerkooy at Comprenew to discuss electronic recycling and see what happens to the items that are dropped off during our collections.

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