Calculate Your Impact
Did you know your actions and choices can be felt far away when combined with others in your watershed?
We all live in a watershed – In Tippecanoe County, we all live in the Wabash River watershed. Actually, we all live in many differently sized and scaled watersheds. A watershed is all the land that drains to a specific common point or water body – in our case – the Wabash River. You may also live in the watershed that drains to your local storm drain or to Happy Hollow or Burnett Creek. All of Tippecanoe County’s water lies in the Mississippi River watershed. Once water is collected in the Wabash River, it then drains into the Mississippi River and out into the Gulf of Mexico.
Did you know that every drop of water falling on your property can impact the Wabash River?
Runoff occurs whenever precipitation falls on your property. When this water hits hard surfaces, like your roof or driveway, city streets or parking lots, these hard surfaces prevent water from soaking into the ground. Rather, water travels across the surface picking up materials like sediment, trash and debris, pesticides, and nutrients. As it moves toward the Wabash River, this water continues to gather pollutants. Every step you take to reduce the amount of water moving across hard surfaces and encourage water to enter into the ground water system helps the Wabash River.
The average residence in Greater Lafayette contributes 975,000 gallons of runoff to the Wabash River annually. This equals 1.5 Olympic size swimming pools or enough milk to feed a family of four for 938 years!
Join others in mapping your actions – Calculate Your Impact!
You are part of a team – the TippEcoNow team – focused on taking many small steps to make big, positive impacts on the Wabash River. Provide your information, map your installed projects, and learn where others in our community are already making a difference!
- Calculate your runoff (stormwater) impact so that we can make suggestions for reducing this impact to the Wabash River!
- Determine if your back yard meets National Wildlife Federation Certified Backyard Habitat criteria!
- Get on the map! Show off your successes – we’ll share your photos and may contact you about participating in future Green Tours and events.