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Soak It Up Community Gathering

May 18, 2019    1-4 PM    St. Peters Episcopal Church, 3695 Rogers Ave., Ellicott City, MD 21043    [Rain Date: 6/1/2019]
Nearly 1 year after the devastating 2018 Ellicott City flood event, EcoWorks is hosting a Community Gathering aimed at educating and engaging the community in a celebration of the watershed, solutions and innovations that we hope will continue to build a more resilient community.  The event will include nearby walking tours, a demonstration biochar burn, showcasing a biochar research plot, giving away trees, and providing resources, technical assistance and opportunities for people to learn about the Tiber Hudson watershed, flooding problem, best management practices and more. General Admission Tickets (FREE, Donations welcome): CLICK HERE
Watershed Tour Tickets - see schedule below (FREE, Donations welcome): CLICK HERE

NEW!  The Taharka Brothers ice cream truck will be at the event!
NEW!  We are going WASTE-FREE for this event!  Thank you for your support!

Event Schedule Throughout the event, we will host: >A raffle for 10 gallon bags of biochar, grow bags of native plants and emergency radios - pre-register for General Admission tickets and Watershed Tour tickets to be automatically entered into the raffle (raffle tickets will be on sale for $1/ticket or 6 for $5) >Emergency preparedness and response tips specific to Ellicott City >Promotion of local downtown businesses
 Time     Event Location
 1:00-1:15   Opening CeremonyMain stage
 1:15-1:30 Biochar Brief #1 - Chuck Hegberg, Infinite Solutions Kiln
1:30- 2:15   Tour 1a - Recent Floods and Mitigation OptionsMeet at the labyrinth
 1:30- 2:15 Tour 1b - Soak It Up - DIY!Meet at the labyrinth
 1:30- 2:15 Tour 1c - Balancing Historic Preservation and Flood MitigationMeet at the labyrinth
 2:30-2:45 Resilient Communities - Jason Jannati, Power 52 Main stage
 3:00-3:15 Biochar Brief #2 - Paul Sturm, Ridge to Reefs  Kiln
 2:45-3:30 Tour 2a - Balancing Historic Preservation and Flood Mitigation Meet at the labyrinth
 2:45-3:30 Tour 2b - Recent Floods and Mitigation Options Meet at the labyrinth
 2:45-3:30 Tour 2c - Soak It Up - DIY! Meet at the labyrinth
3:30-3:45  Biochar Brief #3 - Derya Akpinar, University of Delaware Kiln

Watershed Tours

A series of walking watershed tours will be held throughout the day. Space is limited on each tour. Wear comfortable walking shoes.

  • Recent Floods and Mitigation OptionsCommunity members involved in past and current flood-related groups will discuss the recent flood events, impacts to the community and various proposed mitigation measures to date.
  • Balancing Historic Preservation and Flood MitigationHistoric preservation and flood mitigation came to a head in Ellicott City after the 2018 flood event. Kip Mumaw, Ecosystem Services LLC, and Shawn Gladden, Howard County Historical Society, will provide professional perspectives on the issue via a case study at a nearby proposed stream restoration site.
  • Soak It Up - DIY!EcoWorks has installed and maintained hundreds of small to medium stormwater best management practices around Howard County. Ted Wolfe, Operations Director for Howard EcoWorks, and Jenny Wienckowski, Landscape Design Manager for Howard EcoWorks, will describe projects that can be used on a residential scale, construction techniques, native plants, and more.