|Posted by Michael Brooks on October 30, 2018 at 6:55 PM||comments (0)|
Jeff Iliff, a prominent member of WSWA, shot a lot of video at our Hugelkultur installation at Greenway Cemetary last Sep 11 and has released this production after many hours of effort. Please enjoy!
Nice work, Jeff. Here's the URL:
|Posted by Michael Brooks on October 30, 2018 at 6:50 PM||comments (0)|
News from the Board Meeting:
Nov 6: We will have one more Adopt-a-Highway Cleanup on Rt 522, meeting at the Train Depot in Berkeley Springs at 9 am.
Nov 7: an early afternoon tree maintenance pruning session, meeting 1 pm at the old vegetable sales stand between the 19th Hole and Tony's Butcher Shop on Rt 522 south of Berkeley Springs.
We are planning a dinner with our partner watershed association, Sleepy Creek, tentatively scheduled for Dec 12. Stay tuned...
Nov 28: Our combined Nov/Dec Board Meeting.
It's been a wet year!
|Posted by Michael Brooks on October 2, 2018 at 10:00 PM||comments (0)|
Michael Huff of the WV DEP made a video of our hugelkultur installation at Greenway Cemetery on Sep 11. Here’s the link to the story in this month’s DEP Environment Matters:
|Posted by Michael Brooks on September 13, 2018 at 5:10 PM||comments (0)|
A group from The West Virginia Rivers/Choose Clean Water Coalition visited us at our 'open house' at Greenway Cemetery on Tuesday afternnon to tour our four years of work aimed at reducing erosion into the Warm Springs Run. Dave Lillard wrote this note to us afterwards:
Thanks to all of you for such a wonderful and lovely event at Greenway Cemetery Tuesday. What an honor it was to share your work with folks from throughout the Bay watershed. I’m continually amazed at how you are able to make the “hidden” run so relevant to your community. When my carpool left the cemetery, we paused at 522 so I could point out the Run as it quietly wends its way toward the Potomac. “How do they do what they do,” was the question our friend on the Anacostia kept asking.
Throughout the evening, I heard over and over how blown away people were with your innovation and partnerships. And I heard talk of hugelkultur as a model for their own challenges, too.
With gratitude for all you do for West Virginia and our water,
What we are doing locally has impacts beyond our borders!
|Posted by Michael Brooks on September 5, 2018 at 8:40 PM||comments (0)|
This is a press release sent to the Morgan Messenger for publication on Sept 5, 2018
Hugelkultur: DIY Green Stormwater Management
On Tuesday, September 11, from 9:00AM until 1:00PM, the Warm Springs Watershed Association (WSWA) will demonstrate how to create soil and control erosion using hugelkultur. The event will take place in the new section of Greenway Cemetery off Johnson Mill Road and Greenway Trail.
Hugelkultur is an ancient composting method that can be done with easily found materials including logs, tree trimmings, and yard material to construct raised beds or berms. Participants will meet by the maintenance shed for a brief introduction by Lee Barron of Stareagle Gardens on using the technique for developing fertile garden beds.
The Greenway hugels are designed to absorb and direct stormwater runoff to reduce further erosion of a section of the steep road at the southern end of the cemetery. The road became virtually impassable from this year’s storms. “If it works under these conditions, it will work just about anywhere,” said Rebecca MacLeod, the project’s designer. “And, in Morgan County, we certainly need an easy method to create fertile topsoil.”
WSWA is installing hugelkultur structures as a green stormwater management technique after consultation with Sebastian Donner, Stormwater Specialist with the WV Department of Environmental Protection. Donner, who visited the site in April, said because of the steepness of the road, he saw few affordable options to prevent the road from eroding completely away.
Kate Lehman, WSWA President, said that after the demonstration she plans to install hugels to reduce erosion on her driveway. “Ruts in my driveway are five inches deep and getting larger with each storm. I’ve learned the hard way that grading and filling the ruts with gravel is a temporary, expensive solution. Hugels uphill from the driveway will capture and redirect stormwater runoff for a lasting solution that I can do myself.”
Lehman also noted that controlling stormwater runoff on our own property helps to reduce flooding in nearby streams. “Eroded sediments carried by stormwater clog streams and reduce capacity to hold floodwater. When waters are high there is no place for it to go but over the banks.”
The September 11 event to construct hugelkultur structures in Greenway Cemetery is part of the 23rd Day of Caring sponsored by the United Way of the Eastern Panhandle and can be used as Master Gardener volunteer hours. WSWA received funds for this project as part of a 2018 WV Stream Partners Grant.
Participants are asked to wear suitable clothing for yard work. Lunch will be available by reservation before September 8th. For more information or to reserve lunch, contact Kate Lehman at [email protected] or 304-279-0717.