The City of East Lansing, in cooperation the Great Lansing Regional Committee (GLRC), has maintained a Master Public Education Plan (PEP) during much of the 2003 to 2015 permitting cycle as well as under its current 2015 NPDES permit that is approved by (MDEQ). The purpose of the PEP is to develop a systematic approach for informing East Lansing residents and businesses of their impact on the water quality of the Red Cedar and Looking Glass River watersheds. The PEP has been periodically reviewed, updated and re-approved by MDEQ as the objectives of the overall Stormwater Management Program have progressed. The most recent Public Education Plan is included in Section 3.1 of the MS4 Stormwater Program Progress Report - January 2014-April 2016.
The City has committed to pursuing educational efforts focusing on the following seven objectives:
1. Educate residents concerning the ultimate discharge point and potential impacts from the separate storm water drainage system serving East Lansing.
2. Educate residents about their responsibility for, and stewardship of their watersheds.
3. Educate East Lansing residents on the availability, location and requirements of facilities for disposal or drop-off of household hazardous wastes, travel trailer sanitary wastes, chemicals, grass clippings, leaf litter, animal wastes and motor vehicle fluids.
4. Educate residents regarding acceptable application and disposal of pesticides and fertilizers.
5. Educate residents concerning the preferred cleaning materials and procedures for residential car washing.
6. Encourage public reporting of the presence of illicit discharges or improper disposal of materials into the City's separate stormwater drainage system.
7. Educate residents concerning the management of riparian lands to protect water quality.
The City has undertaken numerous projects and programs in order to accomplish these objectives. Listed below are just a few of the measures implemented by the City:
Published the Michigan Pollution Emergency Alert System (PEAS) hotline number on the City's website and the GLRC website. This system is used to report environmental pollution emergencies.
Published articles in the Curbside Journal, Dialog and on the City web site to discourage improper disposal into City storm drains.
Labeled storm drains with "No Dumping - Flows to Waterways" curb markers and distributed accompanying door hangers.
Actively promotes and participates in County household hazardous waste collections.
Participates annually in the Children's Water Festival prior to 2014.
Promotes local Adopt-a-River events.
Developed and distributed information on proper fertilizer and pesticide application.
Conducts annual yard waste collections, Christmas tree collections and promote home composting and grass cycling.
Publishes information on local businesses that accept and recycle automotive fluids.
Installed watershed awareness road signs throughout the City.
Participates in regional recycling events for electronics which contain heavy metals and other hazardous materials.
Participates in and sponsor the annual Recycle! East Lansing event which collects a wide variety of items for reuse, recycling and proper disposal.
Published and distributed information on proper disposal/recycling options for grease, oil, pharmaceuticals, mercury thermometers and more.
The City of East Lansing and the GLRC Public Education Program Committee will continue to work to educate our residents on the importance of our watersheds to the community. Together we can stop water pollution at the source.