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Summer 2011

Summer is a wonderful time to visit local, state, and national parks; do a little water-wise gardening; watch wildlife & listen to frogs near wetlands and streams; and learn more about how we can each help to keep the Bay and our local waterways clean and healthy. We have a number of related articles in our Summer 2011 e-newsletter! Please read on...

News from the Parks
Did you know that the Catoctin Trail, the 26+mile trail that passes through Catoctin Mountain Park, Gambrill State Park, and Cunningham Falls, was recently designated a National Recreational Trail?-- In Cunningham Falls, specially-treated hemlock trees were recently planted along streams to help combat the hemlock wooly adelgid devastation that is occuring in our forests.-- Monocacy National Battlefield has been monitoring wildlife on their property. Some species include white-tail deer, groundhogs, red foxes, turkeys, bullfrogs, bald eagles, green and blue herons, black bears and dark-eyed juncos.-- At Green Ridge State Forest, watershed foresters have used "rainmaker" methodology to quantify the mass of sediment originating from unpaved roads as part of the Better Roads, Cleaner Streams project.

Resources for residential gardening and more
Looking for information on water-wise gardening? We have links to both a powerpoint presentation and resource list for water-wise gardening! Our articles also include links to new instructional videos on installing rainbarrels and rain gardens, and a video about the importance of trees in our County (including an opportunity to purchase discounted trees to plant in your own yard!)

Wetlands and streams
County staff have been working on the Urban Wetlands Program which includes monitoring, mapping, installing wetland projects, and more. MCWA partners have also been collaborating on stream projects in the Little Tuscarora Creek Watershed and throughout western Maryland. The highly-respected Dave Rosgen recently toured some of our partners' stream restoration projects with a US Fish & Wildlife Stream Restoration Class.

Keeping the Bay and local waters clean & healthy
Finally, as many of you are aware, EPA has been working on the Chesapeake Bay TMDL which is intended to restore clean water in the Chesapeake Bay and the region’s streams, creeks and rivers. There is a handy Citizen's Guide to the Chesapeake Bay TMDL now available. The Potomac Watershed Partnership Information Exchange (June 28) will also be an excellent venue to learn more about the Bay TMDL - specifically Phase II planning as it relates to using conservation and forestry to meet requirements.

Please visit our homepage for more articles, and remember to visit our calendar of events regularly for updates on additional events and opportunities.


Heather Montgomery
Community Restoration Coordinator


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