Rainy day messages

By Jenny Tolbert, JBM-HH Environmental Management DivisionOctober 19, 2022

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Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, Va., -- As part of ongoing efforts to raise awareness about protecting Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall’s environment and preventing pollution, JBM-HH Environmental Management Division placed pollution prevention messages on sidewalks throughout the Myer and Henderson Hall campus’ … with a catch. These messages will only show up during or after rain or snowstorms! The messages were applied using an eco-friendly, nontoxic hydrophobic spray that repels water, allowing messages to show when the sidewalks are wet.

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These messages highlight the importance of protecting water quality for the community by reducing litter, properly disposing of cigarette butts, picking up dog waste, and more.

Many people don’t realize storm drains collect and transport rainwater and snowmelt directly to streams and rivers, not to a treatment plant that removes pollutants. This means that oil, grease, detergents, trash, pet waste, and other pollutants that are leaked or deposited on the ground at JBM-HH, intentionally or not, eventually end up in the Potomac River and the Chesapeake Bay.

Human activity can impact the environment negatively or positively. By being more mindful of the materials they use, how they handle waste, what they may be leaving behind in the environment and what resources they use in their day to day lives, people can reduce our overall impact on our community’s environment and preserve natural resources for future generations.

These rainy-day messages serve as reminders of these ideas. So next time it rains, see how many messages you can spot on the joint base!