Tahlequah Daily Press

January 10, 2014

Clean water everyone’s business


TAHLEQUAH — Editor, Daily Press:

Soon, homeowners will think about fertilizing their lawns and controlling weeds. Save the Illinois River (STIR) would like to remind everyone that what happens in a yard has an impact on Tenkiller Lake.

We live in the Illinois River watershed and we all have an impact on water quality. Dirty water is bad for everyone including Green Country’s tourism. Tourism means a healthy economy for Tahlequah.

The local Oklahoma State University Extension Office can help homeowners determine the type of fertilizer they may need and how much of it to apply. In some cases lawns may not need much phosphorus if any. Phosphorus is the nutrient that degrades the Illinois River and Lake Tenkiller.

Get a soil test and ask for advice from OSU’s experts. Be careful applying fertilizer so that it doesn’t end up in neighborhood storm drains or tributaries of the Illinois River. Sweep up excess fertilizer and pesticides on sidewalks and driveways. Be careful about what you put down your drains.

“Clean water is Northeast Oklahoma’s future” is STIR’s motto. We all have ways we can help keep the Illinois River watershed clean. For more information, contact STIR at info@illinois river.org.

Ed Brocksmith