Earth Calendar for October 10th and October 11th

Oct 10, 2012

There are many ways to curb the amounts of excess nutrients entering lakes, rivers and streams – a bioretention system is one of them.  Bioretention systems – also called rain gardens – are  landscape best management practices (BMPs) that use filtration to treat storm water runoff in a depressed area.  They can be implemented in residential areas with trees, shrubs and grasses to catch rainwater during and after a storm.  As the vegetated area receives the water, it filters it through the soil and plants, removing nutrients before the water reaches a water body. According to a recent study, bioretention systems were able to remove 47 to 68 percent of phosphorus from runoff.  Installing a bioretention area near your house can add natural beauty and help protect water quality in local water bodies.  For more information on these systems and how they work, visit the US EPA’s website.

On Our Calendar: The Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park is hosting a neighborhood cleanup of Wright-Dunbar Village to honor the national park's 20th anniversary and volunteers are needed. The Montgomery County Solid Waste District will provide the tools and supplies to beautify the neighborhood and remove debris.  Sunday, October 14th, at the Wright-Dunbar Interpretive Center, 16 South Williams Street, Dayton, OH 45402, 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.  Positive attitude and appropriate footwear! In case of inclement weather, the event will be canceled.  For information call 937-225-7705