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Lower Western Shore Tributary Team Offers Watershed Restoration Bus Tour May 19
ANNAPOLIS — Ever wonder what happens to all of that storm water once it’s stopped raining? Members of the Lower Western Shore Tributary Team will address that question and more on MAY 19 AT 8:30 A.M. as they host a Watershed Restoration Bus Tour.
Those who board the bus tour will see examples of constructed seepage wetlands in Anne Arundel County, which were created to restore the natural hydrology of wetlands. Participants will visit a variety of bioretention facilities and “best management practices” projects designed to improve water quality in urban areas, from rooftop to watershed. Facilities include a “living roof,” which significantly reduces the damaging effects of rooftop runoff on the living resources downstream. The object of these projects is to convert rainwater from a pollutant to a clean, cool water resource.
The Watershed Restoration Bus Tour will provide an exceptional opportunity to discuss the complex issues faced in the restoration our watersheds. Challenges and successes of each project will be highlighted and discussed, and participants will see students involved in propagation, planting and maintenance of restored wetlands.
Members of the media, legislators and decision makers are encouraged to take advantage of this unique opportunity.
Participants can spend all day on the bus or just come for the morning or afternoon. While this is a free tour, lunch can be purchased for $5. For more information or to register for the tour, contact Claudia Donegan on 410-260-8768 or CDonegan@dnr.state.md.us. Seating on the bus is limited so interested parties are encouraged to register early.
May 2, 2005
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