Saturday, June 20, 2009

Park Hills' Rain Garden Tour

In this picture, Diane Cameron, Jim Anderson, Jenny Reed and Paul Guinnessey.

On June 20, 2009, the Park Hills neighborhood of Silver Spring conducted its first "Rain Garden" tour with experts from the Audubon Naturalist Society and Friends of Sligo Creek.
The purpose of the walking tour was to check out sites where stormwater is causing problems of erosion, pollution, and flooding, and where opportunities for native plants (flowers, shrubs or trees),downspout diversions, and rain gardens can make a difference by slowing and cleansing the flow of water to Sligo Creek.
We identified candidate sites and will do follow-up visits to figure out where the Rain Garden/ native plant experts can cooperate with homeowners and Montgomery County to do actual projects.
During the walk-through, we offered advice to any homeowner who walked with us and wanted to show us their stormwater, erosion and drainage problems. Likewise we were interested in street runoff problems and planting opportunities in street right-of-ways and curb extension areas.

Diane Cameron of the Audubon Naturalist Society, along with Jenny Reed of the Friends of Sligo Creek storm water team accompanied neighbors from Park Hills. Jenny is the co-founder of Natural Resources Design, Inc.

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