Not only are the rain gardens effective in solving our storm water runoff problem but they are attractive.
They also attract birds and butterflies to our yards. And yes the deer enjoy some of the plants too.
certified wildlife preserve.
On my other downspout I have installed a rain barrel to catch the rain water from my other roof.
Playing politics with the issue on a taxing basis may win political points but it comes at the sake of the health of the Bay. I would hope that the Chesapeake Bay really is important enough in defining Maryland that other remedies to this issue can be found. So as the opponents of the tax claim a possible political victory with its repeal I hope there are enough of us to ask them what they want to do to address the health of Bay in a more effective way.
Permeable surfaces like the ones below are another way to address the issue. Maybe tax credits or some other incentives can be found to encourage more of them in the future would help.
Middle Patuxent Enviornmental Area Autumn Olive RemovalWhen: Tuesday - November 25th, 9 AM to 11:30 AMWhere: South Wind Circle Trailhead off Trotter Rd, Clarksville
This Autumn Olive Removal event continues the effort to remove the woody non-native invasive plant which has degraded habitat in many Howard County parks. The event is part of the ongoing Conservation Stewardship Project, a joint program of Howard County Master Gardeners with Recreation and Parks. No bending or experience needed; mostly pruners and shears work. All ages welcome.
Driving Directions: South Wind Circle Entrance to MPEA
Route 29 to Route 108 west towards Clarksville or Route 32 to Route 108 east. Turn onto Trotter Road to South Wind Circle (about 1 mile). Enter the circle and proceed to trailhead on left (opposite Misty Top Path). Please carpool.
For more Information:
Aylene Gard, Master Gardener, 410-992-9889 or
Jeff Claffy, Assistant Natural Resources Manager, MPEA, 410-313-6209