Pre­vent flood­ing with GVC’s Bay-Wise project

The Avenue News - - EDITORIAL -

Boaters, pool mem­bers, and out­doorsy peo­ple alike might re­mem­ber the sum­mer of 2018 as the one that got away. With all the rain, it is safe to say that flood­ing has been on a lot of our minds in re­cent months. The Gun­pow­der Val­ley Con­ser­vancy’s Clear Creeks Project is host­ing a free com­mu­nity event—Bay-Wise Project Open House— on Satur­day Septem­ber 22nd that will show­case ways that home­own­ers and busi­nesses can re­duce flood­ing and ero­sion while pro­mot­ing the health of lo­cal wa­ter­ways.

The Bay-Wise Project Open House will take place from 10 am – 2 pm on the grounds of the Bal­ti­more County Game & Fish Pro­tec­tive As­so­ci­a­tion (BCGF) at 3400 North­wind Road, Bal­ti­more, MD 21234. En­joy light re­fresh­ments while ex­plor­ing the site’s rain bar­rels, rain gar­dens, na­tive Bayscape gar­dens, and tree plant­ings; con­sult­ing with gar­den­ing and land­scap­ing ex­perts, and learn­ing about cost in­cen­tives for you to im­ple­ment them on your prop­erty.

The Open House is the cap­stone event of BCGF’s year-long Bay-Wise Project con­ducted in part­ner­ship with the Gun­pow­der Val­ley Con­ser­vancy’s (GVC) grant­funded, com­mu­nity-based Clear Creeks Project. “GVC se­lected BCGF due to its lo­ca­tion in our CCKs project fo­cus area of the Lower Gun­pow­der Falls wa­ter­shed, its mis­sion state­ment for con­ser­va­tion and pro­tec­tion of our nat­u­ral world, and due to the en­thu­si­asm of the Pres­i­dent of the club, Wayne Ja­cobs, to meet that mis­sion while re­solv­ing storm wa­ter runoff is­sues on the prop­erty,” says GVC Di­rec­tor of Ed­u­ca­tion and Restora­tion Peg Perry. Since 2012, GVC’s Clear Creeks Project has been help­ing res­i­dents and in­sti­tu­tions in the Mid­dle River, Tidal Gun­pow­der, Bird River, and Lower Gun­pow­der Falls wa­ter­sheds im­prove wa­ter qual­ity through rain bar­rels, rain gar­dens, na­tive Bayscape gar­dens, tree plant­ings, stream adop­tions, and Bay-Wise land­scap­ing prac­tices.

BCGF was a nat­u­ral part­ner for GVC’s 2018 Ch­e­sa­peake Bay Trust grant to in­stall Bay-Wise prac­tices and help ed­u­cate the com­mu­nity about how such prac­tices im­prove wa­ter qual­ity. Founded in 1936, BCGF’s mis­sion has been to im­prove wildlife preser­va­tion through ed­u­ca­tion, con­ser­va­tion, and sup­port of re­lated leg­is­la­tion.

If you live in one of the Clear Creeks Project wa­ter­sheds, which in­cludes parts of Mid­dle River, White Marsh, Not­ting­ham, and Perry Hall, you are also el­i­gi­ble for sig­nif­i­cant cost sav­ings on one or more of the best man­age­ment prac­tices (BMPs) the Project is pro­mot­ing. Res­i­dents in Clear Creeks tar­get wa­ter­sheds re­ceive a 50% dis­count on rain bar­rels, and sev­eral bar­rels will be sold at the Open House. You can also sign up at the event for a free yard as­sess­ment by GVC’s pro­fes­sional land­scap­ing team and be placed on a wait­ing list for a rain gar­den at 80% dis­count.

Maybe you’d like some ex­pert help to get you off on the right foot? The Univer­sity of Mary­land Ex­ten­sion Bal­ti­more County Master Gar­den­ers will have a table at the Open House where you can con­sult with them about spe­cific chal­lenges on your prop­erty and find out how switch­ing to some BayWise prac­tices can lighten your gar­den­ing load, which is good for you and good for our Ch­e­sa­peake Bay.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from USA

© PressReader. All rights reserved.