Way..... Out there !

Way..... Out there !
Deepest, most colorful Hubble image yet of our universe. Click for info.

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Rainy Day Ruse—Updated!

Backyard (or frontyard) "rain gardens" could stop much of the pollution now entering the Chesapeake Bay at its source, according to Chesapeake Ecology Center director Zora Lathan. On Earth Day 2009 (April 22) a consortium of environmental partners will launch their new RainScaping Campaign and new website RainScaping.org.*

On Earth Day, that new website will "go live", but for now you can read all about it at the CEC's page on RainScaping. Basically, the idea is to corral the runoff from yards, streets, roofs, and other hard surfaces and channel it to rain gardens, which are simply low-lying vegetated depressions–generally three to six inches deep–where it can soak into the ground and nourish water-tolerant plants on its way through the natural filter of the plants and soil to recharge groundwater and increase needed base flow in our waterways.

There will be a lot more here on this wonderful "solution to pollution" as the weeks go past. For now, just visit CEC's website and soak it all in. And get ready to plant rain gardens!

John L.

* It's up! Have a look... and try it out in your own yard.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Winter's Last Snow

Snow was still falling on Monday, March 2, when I spotted this silvery scene just up the road from my house. This'll be a happy memory come some 90+ degree day next July!

John L.