Water, Earth, Sky

Scott Shenk writes about the environment.

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Planting a rain garden

Friends of the Rappahannock is returning to Lancaster Primary School in the Northern Neck on Wednesday and Thursday  to help students there  finish a rain garden  to reduce runoff into the Rappahannock River.  Rain gardens replace soil in a drainage area with a highly permeable sand/compost mix, which is  planted with a variety of native vegetation. Stormwater runoff from rooftops or parking lots is directed into the rain garden cells, filtering out pollutants. FOR, which has extended its stewardship efforts down river,  prepared the site in September. Students will be working with FOR,  the Northern Neck Soil and Water Conservation District and Northern Neck Master Gardeners to plant native plants on the site.  For more on FOR projects on the Northern Neck, click here..

FOR volunteers work on rain garden in September.