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Friday, October 19, 2018

Information Sessions for Homeowners


Presentations to our Three Oaks Association Owners

Our Three Oaks Association Storm Water Grant Team held several information sessions with the HOA owners and renters.



First we gave background information on what storm water is, why it can be a problem in our neighborhood, and what we can do about it.

We have some terrific presentation posters to illustrate all of those points.



Second, we handed out material that shows what our Grant budget looks like, including how much is matched by our HOA reserve funds and by "in-kind" donations from our neighbors.



We also offered drawings that illustrate the current property area and the concept of the Conservation Landscape as it will be constructed in November 2018.











Owners like to see the detailed plant illustrations, which give them ideas of what native plants will flourish in their personal yards. 

 





Prior to Construction: Perc Test completed!

We needed a perc test!

As we get closer to the construction of our Conservation Landscape (CL), a Three Oaks Association owner (Katherine) enlisted the help of her grandchildren to dig a hole and check if the water would drain according to CL rules.
This drainage check is commonly called a "perc test," where you see if the water percolates quickly enough into the soil to allow proper drainage. If the soil does not "perc" quickly enough, then the rainwater will simply run downhill and pool at the lowest point. 

Children can help dig and measure a for a perc test!
This test is ideal for eager hands and a strong shovel. You also need a measuring tape to make the hole the proper depth.
After digging the hole, you fill it with water. After waiting 24 hours, check the hole. If the water has all drained and the hole is empty, the perc test is successful.  Some standards ask for a repeat.
While doing this test, be sure to cover the hole or fence it off so no one will hurt themselves. And then fill the hole when the test is completed. 

Friday, October 5, 2018

Free light bulb swap!

At one of the 5 Books and Bulbs events in Montgomery County, MD 

October is Energy Action Month!  Montgomery County is celebrating with programs and events that can help residents and businesses save energy and money.

Books and Bulbs are free events where County residents bring their old, inefficient light bulbs and trade them for free for up to 3 LED bulbs, a kids’ activity book, and a reusable bag. 
  • Wed, Oct 10 from 3-5pm at Connie Morella Library in Bethesda
  • Sat, Oct 13 from 10:30am-12:30pm at Damascus Library
  • Mon, Oct 15 from 4-6pm at Maggie Nightingale Library in Poolesville
  • Thurs, Oct 18 from 5-7pm at Marilyn J. Praisner Library in Burtonsville
  • Sat, Oct 27 from 12-2pm at the White Oak Library


More information on Montgomery County's Energy Events
https://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/green/energy/index.html


Sunday, September 23, 2018

The Power of Volunteers



A crew of volunteers were out this weekend picking up trash near Long Branch Library . They had Orange M-NCPPC County Park trash bags, and everything they picked up kept it out of the nearby storm drain, which flows into Long Branch.  A great demonstration of the power of volunteers. 


Thursday, August 9, 2018

See the Slow the Flow message in the Friends of Sligo Creek kiosks

As you walk the Sligo Creek trail, the several kiosks give us pertinent information on enjoying nature as well as keeping our stream healthy. 

In August, the Slow the Flow team set up the kiosks to promote our message.



The FOSC Kiosk helps everyone
Here is a knowledgeable mother explaining stormwater management to her child. This is a good example of "Each one teach one."

Sunday, July 1, 2018

The Ocean Plastics Lab -- Part 2

--We all use plastics. We all know plastics hurt our environment and our planet. 
--What can we do?  Here are a few ideas in a short quiz from the "Oceans Plastic Lab." (link: https://oceanplasticslab.net/)
--Try looking at the quiz with your family or friends and look for ways to help our planet on a very local and personal level. 




This graphic from oceanplasticslab.net illustrates the prediction that
by the year 2050 there will be more plastic than fish in the oceans


Saturday, June 30, 2018

The Ocean Plastics Lab


Our every day choices affect not only Sligo Creek, but also eventually the Ocean!

The Ocean Plastics Lab  https://oceanplasticslab.net/    is an international traveling exhibit about science. It showcases the contribution of science to understand and tackle the problem  of plastics in the ocean. 

Here's a great video and an overview of the "Four Containers" at each exhibit, which is set up as a hand-on science lab. The containers invites the public to assume the role of scientists and explore the extent and impact of plastics in the ocean. 

Go to this link to see summaries of past exhibits and look forward to upcoming ones.  https://oceanplasticslab.net/tour/

Here's a flyer for this event