Laramie County Conservation District contest starting August 14th

Starting August 14, 2020 the Laramie County Conservation District is giving you a chance to win a $200 credit on your (or a family/friends) BOPU Water Bill.
Courtesy: Laramie County Conservation District
Courtesy: Laramie County Conservation District((Laramie County Conservation District))
Published: Aug. 12, 2020 at 4:44 PM CDT
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (PRESS RELEASE) - The Laramie County Conservation District (LCCD) teamed up with Rotary Clubs of Cheyenne to improve water quality in Crow Creek by installing multiple Gutter Bins® stormwater filtration systems in May 2019.

The partners are celebrating the success of the pilot project by holding a contest to guess the amount of pollutants that have been captured over the last year.

The contest “Get Your Mind in the Gutter”™ asks you to 1) Like the Laramie County Conservation District’s Facebook page and 2) Guess the number of pounds captured from August 2019 to the beginning of August, 2020 in all 12 gutter Bins by sending a Facebook Message. You can also email your guess to: One guess allowed per person and there is no age limit. The winner will receive a $200 credit toward their Board of Public Utilities water bill. If the winner is not a BOPU customer, they can “gift” the credit toa friend or family member who is a BOPU customer.

The competition starts August 14th and will end August 31st at 4 p.m. Winner will be announced September 1 st, 2020.

Additional Information: The LCCD has monitored Crow Creek’s water quality through the city and county for at least two decades. The stream has been listed for Escherichia coli (E. coli) and sediment on the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality’s 303(d) impaired streams for several years. The District discovered the Frog Creek Partners Gutter Bin® products but needed a partner to make their implementation a reality. Rotary Clubs of Cheyenne matched LCCDs contributions with an initial $11,000 investment believing the product would benefit Crow Creek water quality.

There is a total of 12 Gutter Bins in and around the Depot Plaza with two more placed in strategic locations outside of the downtown area. These Gutter Bins are serviced three to four times a year by pulling, weighing and replacing the Mundus Bag® water filters. The Gutter Bins have been in Cheyenne’s Capital Basin for over a year now and functioning well.

“The Laramie County Conservation District and local Rotary International clubs are performing an important service to the community by helping restore and protect local watersheds by installing Gutter Bins in high polluting areas. Many people may not realize that all the trash you see on the streets flows directly to Crow Creek when it rains.”” said Brian Deurloo of Frog Creek Partners. The Conservation District employees and Rotary volunteers help to maintain the bins just a few times per year. “We find all kinds of gross things in the catch basins that don’t belong in our creek; like trash, microplastics, sediment, thousands of cigarette butts and even hypodermic needles” says Jeff Geyer, Water Specialist for the Conservation District. Stormwater runs into the Gutter Bins and through a Mundus Bag® which filters everything, including hydrocarbons, prior to being discharged into Crow Creek.

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