Tuesday, January 7, 2014 - 12:33am

Our quest to improve water quality continues and it involves your support in 2014.  If you haven't yet determined your New Year Resolution, please consider one or all of the following.  

1) Exercise with your family by walking on the trails along the stream and enjoy the quite solitude (remember to pickup after your pets).  Draw, paint or photograph local parks. Canoe or fish.  These all create a connection between your family, friends and the local stream.

2) Plant a Rain Garden in your yard, or volunteer to do this with your homeowner association, a local school or your congregation’s sacred grounds.  Rain Gardens hold stormwater and help reduce erosion.

3) Replace turf grass with Native Plants. Plant a tree!  Turf grass surprisingly creates more runoff than deeper rooted plants and trees.  Again reducing runoff helps reduce stream erosion.

4) Pick-up trash to prevent it from entering local streams.  No one enjoys looking at trash.  Picking it up provides a more pleasant environment for us all.  Our next event is January 11.

5) Plant a garden in your yard, locate and get involved with a community garden or support local farmers by joining a CSA.  These are all sustainable practices and when performed with best management practices, encourage water to soak into the land.

6) Install a Rain Barrel to collect rain water from a roof top and reduce stormwater runoff.

7) Learn about a new aspect of by attending one of our local meetings or find local events.  Our next meeting is February 9th.

8) Monitor water quality in your local stream.  This February 22 there will be training for Stream Waders, and we hope to monitor all Seneca Creek, Muddy Branch and Watts Branch watershed again.

9) Advocate for saving one of the last reference streams in the county.

10) Volunteer to help improve our local parks by removing invasive weeds or maintaining the trails.  Our next event is Feb 1.
If you have a resolution you want to share, or have an interest in becoming involved as a board member please respond to this email.  We look forward to making a difference with your help!  Have a wonderful New Year!

Paul Hlavinka
Muddy Branch Alliance President