If you live or work in the Ellicott City watershed, the Tiber Hudson watershed, you can commit to helping your downstream neighbors in a number of ways! Stay tuned for more details as we unveil a new program effort Ellicott City - Soak It Up that aims to engage those that live and work in Ellicott City’s watershed in small best management practices and non-structural actions that will improve conditions for their downstream neighbors.
With increasing intensity and frequency of storms associated with climate change and subsequently more “top down” flooding, the need for upstream stormwater controls has become readily apparent from the 2011 and 2016 flood events. Watershed engagement and identifying individuals and associations that support behavior change and project implementation is essential to achieving a critical mass of support for long-term solutions. And, with approximately 20-30% of the Tiber Hudson watershed covered in turf grass, we have more runoff than we would have with native vegetation such as meadow grasses, native perennials and native trees and shrubs. These vegetation types help to increase permeability and overall infiltration capacity of the landcsape.
We are currently seeking grant funds for this effort and aim to kick off our campaign in spring, 2017 with a demonstration project at St. Peter’s Episcopal church. Our project at St. Peter's will convert 4500 square feet of turf grass to native vegetation and a rain garden. On May 6, we will celebrate our garden and St. Peter's contributions to watershed efforts at their 175th Anniversary event!
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