Charlestown to add rain gar­den to Long Point Beach

Cecil Whig - - LOCAL - By BRI­ANNA SHEA

bshea@ce­cil­whig.com

— The town’s Green Team hopes to al­le­vi­ate runoff and beau­tify the area through a planned rain gar­den at Long Point Beach to be built later this year.

The pur­pose of the rain gar­den will be to fil­ter rain­wa­ter that comes down Con­estoga Road into the North­east River, said Ja­nine An­toshak, a town clerk and mem­ber of the town’s Green Team.

The team is com­posed of mem­bers whose goal is to make the town more en­vi­ron­men­tally- friendly and be­come cer­ti­fied in the Sus­tain­able Mary­land pro­gram, An­toshak said.

CHARLESTOWN

Sus­tain­able Mary­land is a pro­gram for mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties in the state that want to be more en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly, save money and sus­tain their qual­ity of life, ac­cord­ing to its web­site. The rain gar­den falls un­der the stormwa­ter man­age­ment sec­tion of the action plan.

An­i­mals will use the rain gar­den for food and habi­tats through plant­ing na­tive plants and flowers, An­toshak said. Other goals of the project in­clude in­creas­ing com­mu­nity in­volve­ment and ed­u­cat­ing res­i­dents about what goes into the wa­ter.

“Hope­fully that will lead them to lit­tle things that they could do in their homes such as rain bar­rels, na­tive plant­ing and think­ing about the chem­i­cals that they put on their lawn — that kind of thing,” An­toshak said.

She said the gar­den will help to beau­tify the town as well.

The team has not de­cided on which types of plants and flowers that will be in­cluded yet, as they still need to take mea­sure­ments of the area they’d like to use to fig­ure out the size of the gar­den, among other things. An­toshak also plans to ap­ply for a Ch­e­sa­peake Bay Trust grant prior to July 1 to off­set the project’s cost.

Although the project is in its in­fant stage, mem­bers of the team have been given pos­i­tive feed­back.

“I re­ally like it,” said Re­nee Ca­pano, a team mem­ber and president of the town’s Board of Com­mis­sion­ers.

She said the gar­den will help to al­le­vi­ate the runoff is­sues af­ter rain­storms.

Ken­neth Con­falone, a green team mem­ber and mem­ber of the Plan­ning and Zon­ing Com­mis­sion, said the hope is that the gar­den at the beach will en­cour­age oth­ers to in­stall gar­dens on their private prop­erty, as well. Con­falone said the gar­den is low main­te­nance be­cause the plants take care of them­selves as they ab­sorb wa­ter.

“The hope is that you re­duce the runoff from every prop­erty,” he said.

The Green Team is also in talks to cre­ate a rain gar­den at Charlestown Ele­men­tary School to com­ple­ment the one at Long Point Beach.

CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY BRI­ANNA SHEA

This is the slope lead­ing from Con­estoga Road to Long Point Beach, where the runoff from stormwa­ter washes into the North­east River.

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