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Experts to address stormwater concerns

Mar. 07, 2013 @ 11:30 PM

HUNTINGTON -- The city of Huntington's Stormwater Office and the Huntington Sanitary Board are teaming up to educate residents on how they can help reduce problems that arise from stormwater.

From, Friday, March 8, through Sunday, March 10, the Stormwater Office will have a booth at the WSAZ Home and Garden Show at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena. Stormwater Coordinator Chad Minnick will provide how-to guides and demonstrations on how residents can help reduce basement sewer backups and the discharge of excess wastewater into local streams and rivers when the city's combined sewer system exceeds capacity.

One such solution is to slow down the rate at which storm water flows into the sewer system by disconnecting roof drains and diverting the water onto grassy areas or into a rain barrel, Minnick said. Minnick's office will have a drawing for two free rain barrels at the event. They can also be purchased through May 8 by visiting www.rainbarrelprogram.org/huntington.

The agencies also will participate in Huntington's "West Virginia Make it Shine" clean-up event on Saturday, April 6. The event is sponsored by the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection and will begin with an 8 a.m. registration at the Ritter Park playground picnic shelter.

"One of the most easily preventable sources of both poor water quality and slow stormwater drainage is litter," said Erica Pauken, the Sanitary Board's combined sewer overflow coordinator. "The fewer pieces of litter we keep out of the storm drains the better the entire system is in the end."

For more information about both events, call Minnick at 304-696-4423 or email stormwater@cityofhuntington.com.

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