October & November 2012
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Salvage and Stewardship Recognition

Salvage yards in Toledo are being recognized for their extra efforts to protect water quality. These owners and operators use best management practices to keep gasoline and oils from leaking into soils, collect mercury and any auto or machine parts that may contain dangerous chemicals, put out booms to contain leaks, and build swales to naturally treat stormwater.

Salvage yards being recognized for demonstrating a commitment to preventing pollution and managing stormwater on the Ottawa River Watershed are:

Cherry Picked Auto Parts
Nationwide Auto Parts
Northtown Auto Parts
R&M Recycling
Rada & Sons
Westwood Auto Parts

Owners and operators of these facilities will receive a certificate, metal signs for gates, and logos that can be used on websites or other promotional materials.

The Toledo Salvage & Stewardship program is funded by a grant program through the U.S. EPA and administered by the City of Toledo Division of Environmental Services with support from TMACOG and Tetra Tech. Salvage yards were targeted for this project because they are a potential source of non-point pollution to the Ottawa River due to their location, the types of materials handled (particularly fluids from automobiles), and type of sanitary sewers in the region.

Salvage facility owners and operators who volunteered for the program received a report and toolkit customized for their property. The report cites areas where steps could be taken to protect water quality and includes specific information about how to implement stormwater management practices. Consultants working on the program provided detailed engineering instructions for building bioswales or retention ponds or other built solutions. The yards being recognized took steps outlined in their toolkits and allowed water quality testing near their facilities.

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