Sweep it! Don't spray it!
Do you sweep or spray? When Strathcona County surveyed residents about water conservation, 48% of respondents admitted to watering their driveway or sidewalk rather than sweeping it off. Washing driveways and sidewalks wastes valuable drinking water and the runoff can impact water quality in our stormwater ponds.
Dirt, litter and chemicals like oil get washed onto the road where the runoff travels to stormwater management facilities. The water that enters our stormwater system does not go through a treatment process and eventually makes it all the way to the North Saskatchewan River.
It makes a difference
In 2015, Strathcona County partnered with Yellow Fish Road, which encourages:
- sweeping driveways instead of spraying
- changing lawn care companies to one that is more sustainable
- reducing fertilizer and pesticide use
- installing a rain barrel
- cleaning up after pets
- using a car wash instead of a hose
Blue Broom Crew is born
Since the pilot in 2015, households have been given a blue industrial broom and a lawn sign to encourage neighbours to follow in the crew member’s positive behaviour. Since 2016, 300 households have joined the Blue Broom Crew!
Want to join the Blue Broom Crew?
There are 60 spaces available for the 2023 Blue Broom Crew. These spaces are filled on a first come, first served basis, so make sure to get your application in soon.
Fill out the Blue Broom Crew application form (322.3 KB) to receive your free broom and lawn sign today! Submit the application by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Need to send it by mail?
Blue Broom Crew
2001 Sherwood Drive
Sherwood Park, AB
NOTE: To be a Blue Broom Crew member, you must live in Sherwood Park or Ardrossan proper, as only these areas are connected to our stormwater system.