|Playground to be replaced with a rain garden|
While my organization has not yet undertaken any projects in my watershed, one of my sister organizations is going gangbusters on a small, heavily urbanized stream located just over the divide from my watershed.
The stream rises in a play area on the grounds of a private school. The school is very interested in improving water quality in this small headwaters stream - both to be a good citizen, and also to use the restoration work as an educational resource for its students. On July 23, several of the local watershed organizations partnering in this collaborative effort took a tour of the work that has been completed on the school's property.
In the image at the beginning of this post, my friend and colleague Julie, director of the sister watershed organization, explained that the school is going to replace the existing grassy playground - the very beginning of the stream - with a rain garden that will capture runoff and allow it to percolate into the soil.
|Newly planted riparian buffer. The stream is flowing down the center between deer exclosures.|
|Existing riparian buffer cleared of vines and expanded with new plantings|
|At the edge of playing fields|
|Parking lot runoff|
Obviously, to make a difference in the overall Delaware River watershed, these types of projects will have to be repeated thousands of times over on countless small tributary streams. But this is a great first step, and it serves as a model for others to emulate.