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Clean waterways are healthy waterways

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We’re blessed with an abundance of waterways in the Lehigh Valley — ponds, lakes, rivers and streams all give us ample opportunity for swimming, boating, and fishing. Anglers are especially lucky, as the region boasts a number of high-quality trout streams.

There are steps we can all take in order to keep these waterways healthy, though...

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Watering properly is key to healthy plants — and conservation

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We’ve been fortunate this summer — so far — with a fair amount of rain that’s been keeping lawns green and gardens growing. Still, there are times when plants need a little more than Mother Nature is providing.

 We’ve blogged many times about using rain barrels to help conserve water, but watering properly also helps...

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Fireflies could wink out without some bright conservation ideas

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Some summer rituals are universal: picnics and red, ripe watermelon; afternoons in the water to beat the heat; and chasing fireflies across the lawn as they light up the night.

Yet one of those rituals is in danger of vanishing. Over the past decade, and probably much longer, fireflies have been blinking out of existence. As...

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Love Monarchs? Consider creating a butterfly garden to save them

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Monarchs are probably among the most well-known butterflies — they’re certainly easy to identify with their orange and black wings.

We're seeing fewer every year, though, and scientists are concerned enough that the U.S. Fish and...

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This inspiring mom hauls clean water to 250 homes every month

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Moms do so much for us, and none of us would be here without them. So on this Mother’s Day weekend, we wanted to share an inspiring story about one mother (actually, a grandmother!) who goes above and beyond to take care of an entire community.

Darlene Arviso, known as “The Water Lady,” hauls water for Navajo...

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No back yard? No problem - you can compost almost anywhere

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At LCA, we’re always looking for ways to reduce the use of fertilizers — and it’s no secret we’re big fans of composting

But not everyone has an ample back yard, and not every municipality allows compost piles. So what can a would-be composter do? Here are a few ideas.

Drop it off

A number of...

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Green up the garden, not the waterways - over-fertilization causes nutrient pollution

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With spring comes the greening of lawns and gardens — and, by extension, the greening of rivers, streams and other bodies of water. The first is a good...

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World Water Day asks: Why waste water?

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Wednesday, March 22 is World Water Day. This year’s theme is wastewater — or, more specifically, wasting water.

It’s a topic that’s definitely worth a deeper look. Here are some quick facts and figures from World Water Day: (For even more, click on this downloadable World Water Day fact sheet)

Put winter storm preparedness at the top of your list

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With a potentially crippling winter storm all but certain Monday night into Tuesday, it’s a good time to review your storm preparedness.

When it comes to predictions, there are four levels:

  1. Winter Storm Outlook - Winter storm conditions are possible in the next 2 to 5 days.
  2. Winter Weather Advisory - Winter...

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Keyhole garden design holds the key to saving water

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In 2013, we wrote about one of our favorite gardening concepts: hugelkultur, in which large chunks of rotting wood buried deep underneath a garden's soil will save water and, eventually, turn into compost.

Well, we have...

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