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Montgomery Co, MD – Caching the Rain Geocaching Trail

Montgomery Co, MD – Caching the Rain Geocaching Trail
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Geocaching is a family-friendly outdoor scavenger hunt using GPS coordinates to search for and locate hidden containers called “geocaches”. A geotrail is a series of geocaches united under one common theme. The Caching the Rain geotrail’s theme is stormwater awareness.

The Caching the Rain Geotrail takes you on a tour of some of Montgomery County’s stormwater management practices. There are geocaches placed nearby various practices that help improve water quality in our local streams.

The geotrail was first launched on June 28th, 2014 and included 6 geocaches.

Please pick it up! Sign in a neighborhood

http://ht.ly/A8eN7 Sign in a neighborhood on the Westside of Muncie. We agree – Please pick it up! #petwaste #stormwater

Facebook Game Teaches Public About Managing Runoff

Facebook Game Teaches Public About Managing Runoff
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the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, Timmons Group, and SRRN Games launched the Facebook game “Stormwater Sentries.” In a simulated municipality, players control sustainable activities around town, taking on challenges, completing missions, and earning money to reduce stormwater runoff. Players learn to properly dispose of litter and pet waste, install rain gardens and rain barrels, create pervious walkways, and participate in other water friendly activities.

Stormwater Sentries was designed to demonstrate how decisions made on private property can affect local stream health, and it promotes awareness of the environmental effects of stormwater runoff, particularly those on the Chesapeake Bay.

The game reinforces the same behaviors that are encouraged through the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay’s Chesapeake RiverWise Communities Program, which focuses on increasing green living. Play the game on Facebook.

Tomorrow, September 18 is Officially World Water Monitoring Day

Tomorrow, September 18 is Officially World Water Monitoring Day. It’s easy and fun to participate – Just visit the website to register your site and purchase a test kit. Take the “Challenge” on any date of your choosing between now and December 31. Reporting data to the program’s database allows you to share your experiences with others in your community and keep a yearly record of your monitoring test results. Data is accepted until December 31.

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Using Waste Biochar to Clean Stormwater

Using Waste Biochar to Clean Stormwater
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Oregon BEST funds help company team with OSU researchers to refine biochar mix that could cut stormwater filter costs by 60 percent A new round of commercialization funding from Oregon BEST is helping a Portland company collaborate with Oregon State University researchers to advance a biochar-based filter system that utilizes waste biochar from lumber mills to remove heavy metals from stormwater. The new filter media cost 60 percent less than most activated carbon filter systems, an advantage for companies mandated to filter stormwater.

Sediment from this Roanoke County hillside became stream pollution

Sediment from this Roanoke County hillside undoubtedly eroded during this weekend’s rain and washed into the nearby stream.
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Sediment pollution has many negative impacts on River Health:
1. Decreased water clarity – increased sediment loading into a stream will decrease water clarity and reduce visibility for fish seeking food and places to live.
2. Damage to fish gills and filter feeding apparatus of invertebrates.
3. Changes to the benthic (bottom) structure of the stream/river bed – coarse substrates such as gravels and boulders are replaced/smothered by sand and silt.
4. Decreased numbers of invertebrate species from smothering of habitat – invertebrates are a food source to some fish and diverse invertebrate communities are also an indicator of healthy stream systems.
5. Decreased algal food supply at base of food chain – sediments can scour algae from rocks, make algae unpalatable, or reduce light to levels where algae cannot grow, because plants need light to photosynthesise.
6. Increased contaminants from surrounding land – sediments can transport attached pollutants such as nutrients, bacteria, and toxic chemicals from agriculture and horticulture into our streams.

More information from US EPA:
http://ht.ly/BtTGu

With cooler temps and more rain on the way, fall turfgrass overseeding time is here

With cooler temps and more rain on the way, fall overseeding time is here – ask your local supplier for a turf-type tall fescue blend.  A dense stand of Turfgrass is one of the best ways to prevent sediment from being washed into local creeks, streams, and rivers.

Photo Sep 11, 6 58 53 PM (HDR)Photo Sep 11, 6 56 00 PM (HDR)Be sure to check the tags – The Blue “Certified Seed” tag is important to know you are buying quality and the “Grass Seed Mixture” tag lets you know how old the seed is and what varieties are included.

If you have never heard of the varieties check the National Turfgrass Evaluation Program (NTEP) website for your state’s data: http://ht.ly/BsAMT

For those in Southwest Virginia, here’s the results website for the most recent Virginia Tech Turfgrass variety trials: http://ht.ly/BsAzP

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