Wednesday, June 27, 2012
The project aims to control invasive plant species and enhance the water quality in Brenton Cove.
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Wednesday, June 27, 2012
America’s Cup World Series (ACWS) sailors, staff, media, and volunteers planted Rhode Island native trees and shrubs at a newly constructed rain garden at Fort Adams State Park. This green infrastructure project is designed to mitigate storm water runoff from paved areas at Fort Adams State Park, enhance water quality in Brenton Cove, control invasive plant species, and enhance the park’s landscaping with native Rhode Island vegetation. The rain garden was constructed entirely by volunteers as part of a collaborative effort organized by the Department of Environmental Management, in conjunction with the ACWS Host Committee and Sailors for the Sea. DEM is working with Sailors for the Sea and other private sector groups including Louis …
Thursday, April 26, 2012
Scott Dickison and his students are planning several rain gardens on the Rogers High School campus.
Since Rogers High School horticulture teacher Scott Dickison presented plans for rain gardens on the school’s campus during a recent school committee meeting, a lot has been going on behind the scenes. Dickison has been applying for grants, seeking out volunteers to donate time and resources, and spreading the word about the project around town. He and his class have targeted four initial areas to implement rain gardens: one in the front of the school and three near the faculty and student parking lot. The position of the gardens are based on their proximity to the storm drains. There are two additional areas for possible rain gardens under consideration, Dickison said. “We can make this an example of what can be done,” he said. “If it …
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
A Rogers High School teacher presented a proposal to implement rain gardens on campus.
Rogers High School is going green, thanks to teacher Scott Dickison and a dedicated group of students. Dickison, who also runs the Horticultural Department, addressed the Newport School Committee during Tuesday night’s meeting at the Newport Area Career and Technical Center, calling attention to the role Rogers High School may have with the quality of water at Lily Pond. Along with a group of students, Dickison has written a proposal for a campus improvement project to address the issue of storm water runoff from the watershed, which runs directly into the pond. “Impervious surfaces, pavement, and asphalt roofs all flow into storm water systems,” he said. Dickison suggested putting rain gardens in place around the high school’s campus, …