Clean Water Alliance Membership Form
Thank you for supporting the Clean Water: Delaware’s Clear Choice Campaign. The goal of this statewide educational & outreach effort is to secure additional clean water funding to improve our water quality for current and future generations. The Campaign is overseen by the Clean Water Alliance (Alliance), a broad-based coalition of organizations and stakeholders across the state working together towards the shared goal of securing more funding to improve Delaware’s water quality.
As an Alliance member, we ask that you support the campaign by signing our Clean Water Pledge and checking at least one box in each category, when applicable, in our action list, provided below.
Additionally, we hope you will promote the Campaign in at least one of the following ways:
- Add our logo and link to your website;
- Join the Alliance at quarterly meetings that last 1-2 hours;
- Share or tag us in at least 2 social media posts per month;
- Provide at least one update about the campaign in your newsletters;
- Distribute campaign materials to at least 2 area businesses, libraries, etc;
- Discuss the campaign’s mission and goal when meeting with legislators and elected/appointed officials.
We welcome your input and encourage you to attend Alliance meetings to stay up to date on campaign activities.
Alliance members will benefit from joining our campaign by:*
- Having the name and link to your organization on the campaign website;
- Enjoying cross promotion of your organization’s events and programs on the campaign website and social media platforms;
- Having access to trainings and workshops exclusively for Alliance members, including but not limited to advocacy and grassroots organizing; and social media outreach
- The potential for a stipend if your organization participates. Note: joining the coalition is totally free.
* Alliance benefits such as website listing and the trainings are optional and not required.
Please fill out the following form and return to your presentation speaker/campaign representative.
Clean Water Alliance Membership Checklist
Tips for Your Business or Organization
- Volunteer at a local watershed cleanup, native plant sale, or other water-related event held by a local group.
- Convert a mowed lawn on your property into a meadow or native plant garden. This will help filter stormwater before it ends up in nearby storm drains.
- Plant trees near your parking lots and paved areas. This will help slow the speed of water headed to storm drains. We can provide guidance on the best native trees and plants for your use.
- Use native plants when updating your landscaping to help soak up polluted water heading towards our waterways. We can help you identify the best plants for your property.
- Get your business certified as a Wildlife Habitat (Hint: If you take many of the steps on this list, it will be easy to get certified. Ask us for more information!)
- Sweep your sidewalks and driveways instead of hosing them off. The water from the hose carries excess lawn clippings and fertilizer into our waterways.
- Compost your yard waste and kitchen/food scraps.
- Use your own, or commercially available, compost as an alternative to fertilizer on your property. Fertilizer can make plants grow not only in your yard, but also in our waterways, causing issues for wildlife and water quality. If you plan to use fertilizer, look for brands with phosphate-free labels.
- In the winter, when de-icing your property’s walkways and streets, consider adding sand for traction so de-icing agents don’t end up in our waterways.
- Inspect and fix leaky faucets and showerheads.
- Use low-flow or WaterSense devices on faucets and showerheads.
- Wash only full loads of laundry and dishes.
- Purchase EnergyStar® appliances going forward.
- Use sprinklers on your lawn or property minimally, and when you do, run your sprinklers before 8am.
Tips for Your Vehicle Fleet or Boats
- Check your cars and boats for oil leaks and regularly maintain your vehicles to reduce oil use. Oil drippings can easily get washed into our waterways via storm drains.
- Wash your vehicles on gravel, grass or other permeable surfaces as those surfaces can help filter harmful soaps from reaching our waterways.
- If you hold charity car washes, block nearby storm drains or invest in a vacuum pump so you can empty the water in a sink, where it will be treated at a wastewater facility, instead of down a storm drain, which goes directly into our waterways.
- Use oil absorbent pads in your boat’s bilge to reduce oil leaking into our waterways.
- Use environmentally safe paint when protecting the bottom of your boat from fouling.
- Always carry your trash ashore after a day on the water and secure trash while it is on the boat to prevent accidental spillage into our waterways and bays.
- After cleaning your fish, don’t throw the remains in confined or enclosed bodies of water or marinas.
Don’t have a physical location? Visit http://cleanwaterdelaware.org/tips to choose tips from our checklist of activities you can do at home to become an Alliance member.
If you have questions about implementing any of these tips in and around your home, office or property, we can be your resource! Visit our resources guide online at http://cleanwaterdelaware.org/resources for more information or contact us at email@example.com.