Calculate Your Impact

Did you know your actions and choices can be felt far away when combined with others in your watershed?

We all live in a watershed – In Tippecanoe County, we all live in the Wabash River watershed.  Actually, we all live in many differently sized and scaled watersheds.  A watershed is all the land that drains to a specific common point or water body – in our case – the Wabash River. You may also live in the watershed that drains to your local storm drain or to Happy Hollow or Burnett Creek. All of Tippecanoe County’s water lies in the Mississippi River watershed. Once water is collected in the Wabash River, it then drains into the Mississippi River and out into the Gulf of Mexico.

Did you know that every drop of water falling on your property can impact the Wabash River?

Runoff occurs whenever precipitation falls on your property. When this water hits hard surfaces, like your roof or driveway, city streets or parking lots, these hard surfaces prevent water from soaking into the ground. Rather, water travels across the surface picking up materials like sediment, trash and debris, pesticides, and nutrients. As it moves toward the Wabash River, this water continues to gather pollutants. Every step you take to reduce the amount of water moving across hard surfaces and encourage water to enter into the ground water system helps the Wabash River.

The average residence in Greater Lafayette contributes 975,000 gallons of runoff to the Wabash River annually. This equals 1.5 Olympic size swimming pools or enough milk to feed a family of four for 938 years!

Join others in mapping your actions – Calculate Your Impact!

You are part of a team – the TippEcoNow team – focused on taking many small steps to make big, positive impacts on the Wabash River. Provide your information, map your installed projects, and learn where others in our community are already making a difference!


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Stormwater Runoff Calculation

Please enter all area measurements in square feet. 1 acre = 43,560 square feet

Lot Size
Roof Area
Driveway Area

Driveway Material Pavement   Gravel
Annual Average Precipitation (inches)
(Tippecanoe County = 37.3)

Green Practices

Indicate your interest and activity level - yes, I've installed the practice, no, I haven't installed the practice, or I'm interested in learning more about this practice.

Rain Garden

Rain Barrel

Green Roof

Pervious Pavement

Native Plants

Trees

Bioswale

Certified Wildlife Habitat

LEED Certified

Green Build Certified

Solar Power

Wind Power

Geothermal Power

Clear-Blue-Green Certified Business


Alternate Energy Vehicle

Electric Car

Hybrid

Bike

Public Transportation Only

Qualification for Certified Wildlife Habitat

Check all of the following that are present on your property to determine if you qualify for Certified Backyard Wildlife Habitat through the National Wildlife Federation

Food Sources

Natural-seeds
Nuts
Berries
Fruit
Nectar
Sap
Twigs
Pollen
Artificial-seed
Suet
Hummingbird
Squirrel
Butterfly

Water sources

Bird Bath
Water Garden
Rain Garden
Lake
River/Stream
Seasonal Pool
Shallow Dish

Cover Sources

Wooded Area
Dense Shrubs
Meadow/Prairie
Evergreen
Ground Cover
Roosting Box
Water Garden
Burrow
Brush
Rock Pile/Wall

Places to Raise Young

Mature Trees
Dense Shrubs
Meadow
Host Plants for Caterpillars
Dead Trees
Water Garden
Wetland
Burrow
Cave
Nesting Box