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Pet waste can be a significant source of water pollution. Site developed by DIA, Inc. People are at risk of getting sick from drinking or swimming in water contaminated by pet waste. Learn the best plants to include in your buffer in our Buffer Restoration Publication. You would have to transition between calls very quickly.

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Buffers also work to filter and slow water at your curbside, so installing buffers to reduce your street-side stormwater runoff also helps to improve water quality.

The best buffers have a variety of native plants, including shrubs, trees, perennials, and non-turf grasses. Read how Tree Protection is connected to the water quality in the Lynnhaven. If you are looking for a lawn care professional or landscaper to help you develop a watershed-friendly landscape regime, look at the landscapers who have completed our Lynnhaven Friendly Landscaper trainings and let them know that water quality is a priority for you as you work out a plan for your lawn and garden areas.

Reducing Stormwater Runoff One of the easiest ways to do this is by simply reducing the amounts of stormwater that leaves your property. Adding a Rain Barrel to a downspout is a simple and fun way to collect rainwater. Besides helping the waterways by reducing the amount of stormwater runoff, you have a free source of untreated water to water your plants, clean your garden shoes and a limitless number of other around-the-yard jobs.

Another way to reduce the runoff from your yard is to add a rain garden. A Rain Garden is simply a small bioretention area in your yard to hold stormwater long enough to allow it to filter down through the soil instead of adding to the amount of stormwater leaving your property. Reducing Pollutants in Stormwater Runoff There are a variety of ways we can lesson our day-to-day impact by making small changes in our daily activities that can lessen the amount of pollution leaving our yards.

Properties that are on the water can help filter out pollutants by installing Living Shorelines or planting a buffer between their lawn and their adjacent waterway. Buffers also work to filter and slow water at your curbside, so installing buffers to reduce your streetside stormwater runoff also helps to improve water quality.

Learn the best plants to include in your buffer in our Buffer Restoration Publication. Other ways to reduce pollution include using the amount of fertilizer needed. Only a soil test can tell you how much your lawn or garden really needs.

Visit our Soil Tests page to find out the importance of soil tests and try a new watershed-friendly soil sample. More fertilizer guidelines can be found in our Lawn Care for the Lynnhaven , as well as other ways to make your lawn care more watershed friendly. Animal waste contributes excess nutrients and harmful bacteria to our waterways. Ducks and geese are big culprits as well.

Plastic trash of all sorts has become a huge and ever growing environmental problem. When we do our regular clean-ups in the Lynnhaven, the items that we find most frequently are the ever-present plastic bags and plastic bottles.

We fill garbage bags with plastic bottles and other plastic trash every six weeks in one mile stretch along the Lynnhaven River. Think about that for a minute. Multiply that times our miles of Lynnhaven River shoreline and you have a lot of discarded plastic bags and plastic bottles.

The problem of what happens to all of the discarded plastics is a worldwide problem. There is an area in the center of the Pacific Ocean hundreds of miles across called the North Pacific gyre where a circular pattern in the currents traps floating objects.

It is t is full of plastic trash—oil bottles, fishing line, nets and ropes, cracked bath toys—for hundreds of miles. Scientists are discovering growing numbers of fish, marine mammals and sea birds with their stomachs full of plastic bottle caps, disposable lighters and other plastic trash. This is pretty depressing information. Add one more dismal fact to this picture. The tiny pellets that all plastics are made from, called nurdles, are being found at alarming levels in some areas of our oceans, out numbering phytoplankton, and mixed in the sands on our beaches.

Each of us can contribute to reducing the problem of plastics in our environment by reducing our use of plastics and carefully recycling the plastics that we discard. Number 1 and number 2 plastics are the easiest to recycle and are the ones that are most likely to actually be recycled.

Another way that we can help is to use reusable bags for our groceries and other shopping. This is why Lynnhaven River NOW decided to start selling reusable shopping bags—to help reduce the number of plastic bags ending up in our rivers and oceans. Call our office to order: Duck and goose poop ranks right up there with dog waste when it comes to causing high bacteria counts in the Lynnhaven River. This mixture of domestic and wild waterfowl are encouraged to gather in huge numbers by handouts of breadcrumbs and corn from well meaning citizens.

Besides, nobody ever said breadcrumbs were nutritious duck food! Waterfowl can also suffer from disease that spreads easily among overly large concentrations of birds. This can be particularly unhealthy for wild ducks and geese that drop in to feed with local birds because these birds are less immune to disease than the locals. Less than years ago, the Lynnhaven River was a waterfowl haven. Far more wild ducks and geese than we have today wintered on the river, but the birds migrated north in spring and pollution was flushed from the river.

They get fat and happy and bring even more ducks and geese into this unnatural world. And of course, that means more poop too. For more information, go to: Pet waste can be a significant source of water pollution. When pet waste is not properly disposed, it can be carried by rainwater runoff directly into nearby waterbodies or into storm drains. Storm drains in streets and neighborhoods flow directly to a stream, river, or estuary without any treatment.

Stressful job but awesome co-workers. It's been a rough 1. They will talk to you like a dog but the job does provide good benefits just not a lot of room to move up. I learned that some insurance companies are not that great.

I loved working there great and friendly. Makes you feel at home always gives recognition for work quality. Pearl is a good place to get expierence in a call center but not where i would want to stay forever. Some supps are stuck up and do not care and others are great.

Job security is an issue, The company must continue to adjust workforce with minimum notice of upcoming changes so as a new employee you are at risk of job loss.

Working here was very stressful. They take a whole lot of information and cram it all in your head in 2 weeks and expect you to be a pro when you hit the floor.

Interesting place to work. They base everything on your scorecard. They only offer paid time off for the hours you work and if you get sick, you're just hurting. They do not offer sick time. The insurance is good and does not cost very much, but they only pay Loved the working environment. It was a great environment due to my colleagues. Start up company with the wrong management team.

Great customer service company. Pearl Interactive network is a great company to work for! When full time, you are provided with free health insurance and other great benefits.

They give out alot of prizes to reward their employees for their outstanding work. The supervisors are always there to support you whenever you doubt yourself and need some encouragement. A 2 week training is required when you first start the job and it is very thorough.

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Here's an introduction to Pearl Interactive Network as an employer: Founded in and based in Columbus, Ohio, Pearl Interactive Network is a full-service business process outsourcing firm focused on the growing need for the ability to work virtually from a home office. Pearl connects government agencies and companies to the right people for program management, contact center staffing and telehealth services. We now have more than 4, Pearl Homes in Virginia Beach – thanks to all of our Pearl Homes for making clean water a priority. Keep up the good work! Keep up the good work! To continue raising awareness of our Pearl Home program, we are starting a volunteer corps of Pearl Home Block Captains.