Got any Swales? Keep them clear.

Given the torrential rains over recent weeks, we’re reminding all homeowners that it’s in their best interest to keep the swales (indentations in the road shoulders) alongside their properties clear; while you’re at it, do keep any underground pipes or catch basins open and in good repair. The County is charged with doing major work along our main north-south streets, so contact them if necessary (DPW 410-222-7940; http://www.aacounty.org/DPW/ContactDPW.cfm#.U-w9GlaFeHY). Our new drainage project has alleviated many problems already, but your best bet for smaller clogs is to grab a rake and clear out the debris to keep the water flowing properly. 

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See How the Stormwater Fee is being used
Read the Anne Arundel County Watershed Protection & Restoration Program Report:
A Land of Rivers

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Read Elvia Thompson's column in The Capital: Storm water is a public health issue

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Newport and Chestnut Avenue Project Areas
Arundel on the Bay continuous bio-retention, wetland reconstruction, and living shoreline projects

Ribbon Cutting, Site Tour, Celebration of Completion
of New Stormwater Retrofits, Living Shoreline, and Tidal Wetland Expansion

Fishing Creek end of Chestnut Avenue
Friday, June 6

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Dog Waste Stations

Our community has six pet waste stations, complete with bags to pick up waste and a receptacle to throw away the used bags. Our neighbor, Julie Winters, created the pet waste stations as part of her Watershed Steward class. There are many benefits that come with the use of these new pet waste stations. Pet owners will be more able to pick up and toss waste from their dogs during walks around our scenic neighborhood as a courtesy to everyone. Also it is very important to Scoop The Poop For Better Water Quality! Read more.

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Mosquitoes 101: What You Need to Knowmosquito

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Rain Gardens

rain gardenDo you have standing water on your property after heavy rainfall? Consider using Mother Nature to drain the water away in a manner that is friendly to our environment: build a rain garden!

A rain garden is an area in your garden that contains an indentation or dip to collect rain and melting snow allowing it to seep naturally into the ground. The garden collects not only the water but also any pollutants it carries such as oil from cars and lawnmowers and pesticides.

A well-designed rain garden will drain in a day, so mosquito larvae will not have a chance to hatch.

Native plants are the best choice for rain gardens and local nurseries can help you get started.

Here are some informative web links:

Rain Garden Network

10,000 Rain Gardens

Rainscapes

Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s Bay-Friendly Landscaping