Wednesday, April 18, 2012

What We Gain From Catching the Rain

Birchwood Neighborhood Watershed Walk

May 12, 2012 10 AM

Join us on May 12th at 10 am to explore how you can use low impact development/green infrastructure at your home or office to improve water quality in our streams, bays, and the Puget Sound! Polluted runoff from our urban, developed areas has been identified as one of the greatest threats to the health of our local waterways. Oil leaked onto roads, fertilizers on our lawns, and bacteria from pet waste are just some of the pollutants that get washed into Bellingham Bay and Puget Sound every time it rains. We can use low impact development techniques like rain barrels, rain gardens, green roofs, and pervious paving to allow stormwater runoff to filter into the ground instead of running into the stormwater system.

The Watershed Walk will highlight examples of green infrastructure implemented by homeowners just like you in the Birchwood Neighborhood. The walking tour will include rain gardens, simple and complex rain barrel systems, and examples of pervious paving. We’ll also see how managing polluted runoff works on a larger scale by visiting the new grounds of Bellingham Technical College (BTC). The Birchwood Neighborhood Watershed Walk offers us a unique opportunity to understand how community members can work together to demonstrate stewardship of Little Squalicum Creek, Bellingham Bay, and the Puget Sound.

The Birchwood Neighborhood Watershed Walk will provide on-the-ground examples and provide you with take-home resources to learn about rain barrels, rain gardens, pervious paving, and other ways to reduce pollution entering our waterways. Additional information and materials will be provided for those who wish to continue learning about low impact development, or take the next steps of implementing a project at their own homes. Light refreshments are provided! Meet us in front of Building G, at the BTC campus. Come take a walk through the Birchwood Neighborhood with the North Sound Baykeeper staff and representatives from BTC and the City of Bellingham to learn more about becoming a better steward of our local waters!

Thanks to Lauren Currin, Baykeeper Team Intern, for submitting this post.

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