See this and other great image-messages from Tony Buck at Sustainable19320.org. So many benefits from growing food locally and even better in our own yards! And be sure not to miss the “visioning” for a sustainable future in Coatesville and our region represented by the 2nd image below.
West Chester Borough has now constructed several rain gardens, which filter out pollutants and reduce runoff into streams. Property owners can of course also construct rain gardens, and in fact by doing so can benefit from a reduction of their Stream Protection Fee. Here is good info from PennState Extension, 9/6/17:
What is a Rain Garden?
A rain garden is a planted depression that soaks up rainwater runoff from roofs, driveways, walkways, and compacted lawn areas—water that would otherwise carry pollutants directly to our streams. Rain gardens soak up 30 percent more water than an equivalent patch of lawn.
Where Do You Put a Rain Garden?
Choose an area where you want to soak up rainwater at least 10 feet from the house. Rain gardens can drain water from downspouts or catch water that drains off roads and walkways. Avoid areas over septic systems.
Do not place a rain garden in areas that are consistently wet. Rain gardens should drain completely within 24 hours….
This is a good time to be getting outdoors, not only because of the mostly warming weather, but because it takes our minds off the cares of the world.
This is also a good time to study up on edible wild plants, which offer us free green vegetables without having to go far afield. Do shepherd’s purse, common orange day lilies, dandelion, broadleaf plantain, and ostrich ferns appeal to you? I can vouch for them all.
Wherever you gather plants, be sure herbicides and pesticides have not been used….
from Sue Bayne, Chairperson of CASE (Civic Action South East):
Now is the time to walk your property and the parks and check for spotted lanternfly egg masses before they begin hatching in May.
Spotted lanternfly egg masses look like the attached and should be scraped into a bag filled with hand sanitizer or isopropyl alcohol. Each spotted lanternfly egg mass that gets scraped could mean 50 less pests come spring.
Thanks to Willistown Twp for their timely reminder and the photo.
Room 102, Mitchell Hall, WCU, West Chester PA 19382. Nov. 20, 7:30 pm.
The Biggest Little Farm is a story about two people who left the city behind in an effort to revitalize barren farm land and live more harmoniously with the earth. This recently released film has been generating a lot of excitement for its inspiring tale and gorgeous cinematography.
The Third Annual Environmental Film Series at WCU sponsored by the Office of Sustainability at West Chester University, the West Chester Green Team, and member groups of the Chester County Environment Alliance, in memory of Graham Hudgings.
Sykes Student Union Theater, 110 W. Rosedale Ave., West Chester PA 19382. Door opens at 5:30 p.m., films at 6:00. Films are free!
SEPTA’s 104 and 92 buses stop on High Street, the ChesCo SCCOOT bus stops at the corner of Rosedale and New Streets, and the campus is easily accessible by bicycle and on foot. If you drive, access the lot in back of Sykes side via the streets to the east or west of Sykes.
9/19, Bikes vs Cars, about bicycling in our society
10/17, River Blue, about wasteful and polluting clothing manufacturing. 11/7, Reinventing Power, about renewable energy, with West Chester Sustainability director Will Williams as guest speaker 12/12, Eating Animals, with a vegetarian food tasting buffet by the WC Coop