October 2016 
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Calendar of Events
Apple Valley Shred-Fest
Oct. 15, 2016
7:30 a.m. to Noon
Apple Valley Household Hazardous Waste
13450 Nomwaket Road

15th Annual Happy Trails Chili Cook Off
Oct. 15, 2016
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Brewster Park
21024 Otoe Road
Apple Valley, California 92307
Community Cleanup Day
Oct. 22, 2016
8 a.m. to Noon

 Faucet Fact:

Did you know that a neighborhood block creates five times more runoff than a woodland area? 


Surfaces like pavement and roofs make it easier for runoff to be carried into watersheds like the Mojave River. 

Stormwater Shoutout!

We would like to give a shoutout to all of our new Stormwater Troopers! Thank you for signing the pledge to protect your home and promising to do your part to protect the Mojave Watershed.

Find a Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Collection Facility Near You!
Looking to trash your used paint containers, fertilizer, motor oil and more? Click here to find a HHW collection facility near you.
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(951) 462-1106
From the Pipes...
Welcome to the Mojave River Watershed Group's "The High Desert Droplet" - your source for stormwater pollution revolution news!

The High Desert Droplet is an educational resource for stormwater pollution prevention. Each month we'll bring you local and national stormwater news, useful at-home tips for prevention, updates on MRWG's school and community outreach, fun facts, and more!

Thirsty for more, check out our website!


Fall into the Stormwater Savvy Season
It's outreach season! Last month the MRWG outreach team staffed a community table at the annual Hesperia Days event at Hesperia Lake Park. The opportunity to be at community events is one of our favorite things to do this time of year - and we love talking one-on-one with residents from Hesperia and beyond about what they can do to prevent stormwater pollution.  Almost 300 attendees signed our "Protect Your Home" pledge form and vowed to do their part to be stormwater savvy! After signing a pledge, our Stormwater Troopers were rewarded by selecting a choice prize - doggie doo-doo bags, eco-friendly pesticide spray bottles, sunglasses, or a reusable MRWG tote bag. 

Being stormwater savvy is a good practice for the whole family.
Find Us at a Festival Near You
Stormwater Troopers Kelly and Ashley had a blast participating in the annual City of Victorville Fall Festival on October 1 and Phelan Phamily Phun Days on October 7. Both were successful events where Victorville and Phelan residents looked at pollution samples, received tip cards and took home prizes. We are happy to report that between both events 260 people of all ages pledged to help protect the Mojave River Watershed! If you have not yet had a chance to visit us, we will be at the 15th Annual Happy Trails Chili Cook Off on October 15 from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.  Come by our table to learn how you can be a Stormwater Trooper too!

Stormwater Troopers Kelly and Ashley recruiting new troops at the Fall Festival.
Upcycle a Spooktacular Haunted House

Save your empty milk and juice cartons and upcycle them by making a festive haunted house for Halloween!

Follow these simple steps to get started:
1)       Collect a few cartons to design your haunted house.
2)       Cut out the carton bottoms and doors and windows.
3)       When you're done designing the layout, staple the cartons together and allow the openings to be chimneys.

Now it's time to decorate! Click here for tips and tricks to make your haunted house stormwater spooky!  

Wacky Water: The High Desert Droplet's Source of Hilarity