bggreennews_logo11Want To Do Something About Climate Change?
The Chesapeake Climate Action Network is organizing a series of public events drawing attention to proposals to transport liquified natural gas thru Maryland. Click here for details.

County Leading the Charge in Electric Vehicles
According to the Gazette, “Businesses across the county have been working to make it more convenient for the growing number of electric vehicle drivers to find a place to plug in and charge up, with about 15 percent of Maryland’s electric car charging stations now in Montgomery County.” Click here to see article.

Healthier Food in Schools
Seeking to find out why and how school food should be made more healthy, Real Food for Kids-Montgomery and Montgomery Victory Gardens recently hosted a community forum to get some answers. Click here for the Gazette’s coverage of the event. 

MD’s New Lawn Fertilizer Law Kicks in this Week
Maryland’s newly enacted Lawn Fertilizer Law prohibits the use of fertilizer products containing nitrogen or phosphorus during cold weather months. Click here for details.

Mow, Don’t Rake Leaves
While there’s still a few weeks left before the trees shed all their leaves, consider mowing your leaves into a healthy mulch for your yard. More 

Events

  • Bethesda Central Farm Market — Open Sundays, 9 am – 1 pm at the Bethesda Elementary School parking lot on Arlington Road, at the corner of Wilson Lane and Old Georgetown Road.
  • Support DC Greenworks — Wednesday, Nov. 20, 5 – 10 pm, 20 percent of sales at Le Grenier Restaurant, 502 H St. NE, Washington, DC 20002 will support DC Greenworks’ stormwater mitigation and green job training services in the District. More
  • Poultry Fair Share Town Hall Forum — Organized by Food & Water Watch, Wednesday, Nov. 20, 6 – 7 pm,  6810 Eastern Ave NW, Takoma Park, DC. More detail here
  • Greening Your Retail Business — Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2 – 4 pm, All Eco Center, 2662 University Blvd, Wheaton, MD. Free seminar organized by GreenWheaton.  More 

Bethesda Green assembled a stellar panel Tuesday evening, March 16, to discuss storm water management issues in the region.  While generally accepting that restoring local watersheds to the pristine condition of yesteryear is a daunting task indeed, incremental improvements can be accomplished if individual landowners adopt techniques to retain more storm water on their property rather than continuing to allow it to flow into the streams.

Moderated by Peter Ensign, Executive Director of DC Greenworks, the panel (Dan Kulpinski, publisher of GreenListDC.org;  Steve Dryden, co-chair of Stormwaterpartners.org; Donna Evans, a Landscape Designer with American Plant; and Ann English, with Montgomery County’s RainScapes Program) provided an overview of the issues along with specific suggestions — such as installing rain gardens, rain barrels, permeable surfaces, and cisterns, along with planting more trees and deep-rooted native grasses — to stem the flow of water into the watersheds.

Dan Kulpinski, Steve Dryden, Donna Evans and Ann English (L-R) discussed regional stormwater management issues March 16 at Bethesda Green.

For the individual homeowner redoing their landscaping, the big take-away was to be sure to consider stormwater retention solutions in planning your project and check with County’s RainScapes Program about the cost-saving rebates they offer for various landscaping investments.

Also note that the assembled panel is making plans to install a community rain garden in the next month or so at the Clara Barton Community Center on MacArthur Blvd.  If you’re interested in being part of the project, please contact Marney Bruce (marneyb@earthlink.net).