Great Project: PatersonNJ PS#5 disconnecting stormwater, reducing pollution & providing youth art #greeninfrastructure
Keeping your soil covered with vegetation or mulch not only improves soil health, but also prevents soil erosion which is the source of sediment pollution in our creeks, streams, and the Roanoke River. Join us in Being Part of the Solution, Not the Pollution.
Kudos to the recent Roanoke River Clean-up Team! Representatives from Upper Roanoke River Roundtable, Roanoke Valley Greenways, Roanoke Parks & Rec, and Roanoke Stormwater removed an est 1000 lbs of trash & debris! GPS points were also collected so that Roanoke Stormwater staff can mobilize equipment to remove multiple items too large to lift by hand.
‘Scoop the Poop’ campaign aims to keep the environment and Stormwater clean
Scoop the Poop aims to educate the public on how dangerous pet waste is to the environment. Leaders are trying to encourage pet owners to always pick up after their furry friends.
According to city and county records, there are about 13,000 licensed dogs in the area. An average dog can produce 276 lbs. of waste every year. If owners don’t clean that up, the waste washes directly into our storm water system.
One gram of dog waste has 23 million E. coli bacteria, which will live for three years even after rain washes away waste into the Stormwater system, according to Scoop the Poop organizers.
by Adrian Higgins – Washington Post
Spring has been a long time coming this year. But the wait is over, and the next month will bring an especially vivid carnival as delayed blooms join those unfurling on schedule.
This floral parade may help distract us from a widespread practice that reaches its peak in March: the mutilation of crape myrtles, a deed that arborists label “crape murder.”
So why is it done? The short answer seems to be “because everyone else does it.” That includes landscaping crews who move through commercial and residential landscapes at this time of year, only to leave a forest of stubs.
The best option for a butchered tree is to cut it to the ground — actually, an inch or two above the soil line but no higher: No stubs, please. From the established root system, new shoots will return with vigor. After a couple of years, the tree can be pruned to leave a desired structure of five or so upright stems that leave an open center and pleasant silhouette.