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Cleaning up dog poop in your yard needs to be done regularly or you will quickly have a toxic and dangerous minefield of feces. Dog feces can contain parvovirus, whipworms, hookworms, roundworms, threadworms, campylobacteriosis, giardia, and coccidia. If left unattended, these parasites, bacteria, and viruses will contaminate the water, soil, and can infect both pets and humans. Especially vulnerable are … Continued

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Keep Leaves out of Storm Drains

This fall as you are preparing to clean up your lawn, please do not rake leaves or other debris into storm drains. Nothing but untainted rain water should flow from your yard into storm drains. Lawn clippings, leaves and other debris often clump, which can contribute to a larger problem underground in the pipe system. … Continued

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September Native Plant Workshops

We have two Native Plant workshops scheduled for September! These workshops are for beginning gardeners or native plant-curious Johnson County homeowners. We will cover the basics including the importance of pollinator and native plants in your garden, tried and true favorite species, basic layouts of gardens, general landscaping and efficiency tips, and storm water benefits. … Continued

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    Paint your house, but not our streams and rivers! It’s that time of year to put a fresh coat of paint on your house, but there are dangerous materials in both any old paint that needs to be scraped off and the new paint that will go on. Whether you’re hiring professionals to … Continued

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JOCO Rain Barrel Workshop

Are you unsure how a rain barrel will benefit you and the environment? Have you been thinking about installing a rain barrel but don’t know where to begin? This workshop is for you! Johnson County Homeowners are invited to beautiful Antioch Park for a rain barrel workshop. You will be provided with all the tools … Continued

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Bobcat Kittens

  Bobcats are named because of their bobbed off tail. Bobcats breed once a year in early spring. Females give birth to the kittens in approximately 60 to 70 days., so right around June 16 and after. Bobcats can have up to 6 kittens in a litter that will open their eyes after 10 days. … Continued

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Tune up your car to tone down pollution!

  When your car is in good working order, you save money and you are preserving the water quality of our waterways. When cars leak radiator fluid, oil, or other petro-chemicals these toxins can build up over time on our streets and highways. After it rains, all the toxins are washed directly into our streams, … Continued

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Is your yard to DIE FOR?

  Pesticides and herbicides don’t just kill bugs and weeds. These chemicals can wash into nearby waters and harm other things too, like fish and aquatic bugs. Pests are annoying but polluted water is worse! Try these proven safe remedies to protect plants from pests: Stop aphids by applying soapy water to plants Drown slugs … Continued

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Litter is a drag!

  Each year in America it is estimated that more than 165,000,000,000 (yes, that’s Billion!) cigarette butts end up as litter! 80% of butts on the ground find their way into our water systems and detract from the quality of our drinking water. Cigarette butts can leach chemicals such as cadmium, lead and arsenic into … Continued

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Pick up After Your Pet

  Pets and urban wildlife are major sources of water pollution because their waste can contain harmful bacteria and parasites. Dog feces can contain fecal coliform bacteria, which can spread diseases like Giardia, Salmonella, and Campylobacter, causing serious illness in humans. Help protect our pets by picking up their poop and keeping our waterways free of contaminants. Go straight to the source: Mid-America … Continued

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Two Job Openings for KCMO Green Stewards

Do you enjoy being outdoors and part of a supportive, caring team? Are you interested in plants and the environment? Do you want to develop new job skills and a career? Become a KCMO Green Steward! In partnership with the City of Kansas City, Missouri, Bridging The Gap is pleased to offer two full time, … Continued

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Internship Opening: Volunteer Management

Bridging The Gap is offering the following unpaid internship.  This internship is a terrific way for individuals with an entry-level nonprofit background to learn how to develop a solid volunteer program. Program:      Volunteer Services Management Name of Internship: Volunteer Services Management Internship Length of Internship: 8 to 10 weeks, summer 2018 (flexible start and end … Continued

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Plant Native!

Storm water runoff is a huge problem for water quality across America – in fact, the EPA names it as our biggest threat to water quality. Native plants help solve this issue because they “grow deeper” than traditional plants, helping your yard to retain and filter water. Not only will you water less and save … Continued

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Don’t mind the Dandelions!

Use chemical herbicides to remove weeds as the last resort! If you must use a chemical herbicide, use the least toxic product, and spot apply it – don’t spread it all over the yard to kill a few weeds or bugs. Follow label instructions exactly – more is not better. And be sure to keep … Continued

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Ephemeral Mania

by Patti Beedles, Kansas City WildLands Seed Tech Listen my friends, I have a plea. Pull yourselves from your cubicles, your screens, your stuffy house that’s held you hostage all winter long. Now’s the time to take a hike through a high-quality woodland and witness true magic. I realize, I’m a crazy plant lady with … Continued

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She’s hungry but her yard might not be!

Before you add any fertilizers to your yard this spring… first do a soil test. Your yard may already have the nutrients it needs, saving you money and time! It’s a waste of money to apply fertilizer to your lawn if it doesn’t need it. The only way to know how much fertilizer your lawn needs … Continued

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National Volunteer Week social media campaign

#NationalVolunteerWeek Social Media Campaign Wins Local Award April 15 – 21, 2018 National Volunteer Week, powered by Points of Light, was established in 1974 as a way for organizations to celebrate the impact of volunteer service in improving communities.  Bridging The Gap engages more than 1,500 volunteers each year to improve Kansas City’s environment by … Continued

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Cover your Bald Spots!

When it rains, soil and sediment wash into our lakes and streams. Sediment pollution clouds the water, making it difficult for aquatic plants to grow, clogs fish and insect gills, and can destroy aquatic habitats. Here are two basic steps to grow in your bald spots: 1. PLANT grass seed, native plants, shrubs or trees. … Continued

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Spreading it on too thick?

Over-application of fertilizers is a source of water pollution. Use the proper amount of fertilizer to keep your lawn green and prevent algae blooms in our lakes and streams.It’s a waste of money to apply fertilizer to your lawn if it doesn’t need it. The only way to know how much fertilizer your lawn needs … Continued

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It flows downhill.

If it’s on the ground in the Kansas City Metropolitan region it could end up in the Missouri River and then in the Gulf of Mexico. Litter takes on many forms – paper, aluminum, cigarette butts – everything that is improperly placed on the ground. Much of this waste finds its way into our water … Continued

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