Monthly Archives: May 2015

Coal Tar Sealants are risky for our health and our children’s health, and here’s why.

Posted on May 20, 2015 by - Environmental Tips

Coal Tar Sealants are risky for our health and our children’s health, and here’s why.  They contain up to 35 percent coal tar pitch, partially refined waste from steelmaking that is a known carcinogen.  Among the chemicals of concern in the products are polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, or PAHs, which not only pose a cancer risk, but can trigger developmental problems and impair fertility, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Consider that most playgrounds and driveways, places where our children play, are paved then sealed on a regular basis.  Acting to make a healthier choice is easy.  Local home good stores sell sealant that does not contain coal tar, and service providers have alternatives as well.  Simply request that a no coal tar sealant be used. Advocate at your school for a healthier alternative, and praise when a safe alternative is chosen.

More Bicycles, Please – And Safe Roads Too

Posted on May 13, 2015 by - Environmental Tips

Switching to a bike can be a rewarding change in the way you travel.  As environmentalists we know that using a bicycle for transport can improve your health and fitness, remove the stress of driving, save you money and reduce fuel use.  So if you already cycle to work, increase the number of times you ride.  Even if you can’t ride everywhere, you can replace some car trips with bicycle rides and still save.  Save money and energy, get where you’re going and exercise at the same time, and reduce pollution.

Can’t ride your bike for travel?   Simply ride for pleasure.  And if having more options in travel, including bicycling, is important to you, learn about “Complete Streets” planning.   Sign the “Complete Streets Petition” which you can find at the McHenry County Bicycle Advocates website  or look for them at fairs and events as well.  If you haven’t signed, put it on your “to do” list.

But most importantly, let you legislatures know you want more options for travel.  Write letters, talk and take action to make transportation planning in our county more than about moving goods and commuters.  Having more options to move about in our world and having safe routes and roadways is important for all people and how they travel.  We’re talking children, seniors, walkers, runners, day workers, night workers, shoppers, commuters, caregivers, train riders, bus riders, and on and on.   There’s a way to plan so all of us can get around, and having a choice with safe travel routes takes advance planning.  Communicate your values to your elected representatives.

http://www.mcbicycleadvocates.org/aboutjoin.html

On Lawn Care

Posted on May 13, 2015 by - Environmental Tips

Did you know that all fertilizer applied by hired landscapers must be phosphorus-free unless you have a soil test showing phosphorus deficiency?

In Illinois, legislation was passed in 2011 to prevent its overuse.  This was done because of concern for water quality, and the result of environmental studies showing that excess phosphorus and nitrogen are partly responsible for declining surface water quality. These nutrients have been linked to excessive seasonal algae growth in ponds streams and lakes. These blooms of algae can make the water smell and taste bad and decrease its recreational value.  In severe cases, the algae deplete oxygen levels, which may kill fish.

Need more info?  Check out the McHenry County Green Guide.

Spring Use-It-Again Sale

Posted on May 13, 2015 by - Community Events

Thursday, May 14 through Saturday, May 16, from 9am – 4pm
 
The sale is located at the Algonquin Township Road District complex, 3702 U.S. Highway 14, between Crystal Lake & Cary (next to the Hollows), drive back to the big beige garage on the right!
We always have a great assortment, including housewares, small appliances, dish sets, glassware, books, DVDs and CDs, furniture, tools, bicycles, toys, electronics, etc.
Reuse is better than recycle!