Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Play a Stormwater Game on Facebook

The Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, in partnership with Timmons Group and SRRN Games, has a new game on Facebook, Stormwater Sentries, designed to educate the public about how actions impact local streams, rivers, and the Chesapeake Bay.

Game players take on missions to clean up trash, pick up after their pet, plant native trees, shrubs, flowers, and rain gardens, reduce impervious surfaces, install rain barrels and more. As missions are completed, you see water quality improve in the local stream and they can take on advanced missions to restore the stream buffer to provide habitat for wildlife. (A Facebook account is required.)

Friday, April 11, 2014

Vote in the Rain Barrel Contest

As part of Virginia’s ”Build a Barrel - Save the Bay” program, the city of Richmond Department of Public Utilities (DPU) is asking the public to vote for their favorite rainbarrel decorated by city of Richmond Public Elementary schools 5th graders. The categories are
  • Most Creative
  • Most Outrageous
  • Tells the Best Environmental Story
Deadline for voting is Friday, April 25 at Noon. 
Winning barrels will be on display and announced at the Earth Day Festival at the 17th Street Farmers Market in Shockoe Bottom, April 26.
Stop by the DPU Stormwater booth for more information about DPU’s Stormwater Utility.
At the end of the contest, each rain barrel will be donated to a city of Richmond resident living in Bellemeade or the Goodes Creek neighborhood. 
Rain barrels have benefits. Here are just a few: 

  • Free irrigation for your lawn and garden
  • Reduction of harmful runoff into rivers, streams and lakes
  • Save money on water bills (garden and lawn irrigation accounts for 40 percent of residential water use during the summer according to the Environmental Protection Agency)
  • Rainwater is better for plants and soil
  • Homeowners can save 1,300 gallons of water during growing season
  • Provides an alternate water source for lawn and garden during periods of water restrictions or drought
  • Reduce the amount of water that must undergo wastewater treatment 

Friday, March 28, 2014

March Utility Talk Delayed

Due to a printing and processing delay, the March issue of Utility Talk will be distributed in the April utility bills. All the information is still relevant and valuable.

If you're eager to see it, you can read it now online here.

Monday, February 24, 2014

1900 Block Grove Avenue Green Alley Project

Meeting: Wednesday, Feb. 26, 6 p.m., Binford Middle School auditorium

This green alley project will address ponding that occurs within the alley after rains and runs off onto adjacent properties. The alley runs between N. Granby Street and N. Meadow Street, between Grove and Hanover avenues.

Green alleys provide a porous surface of permeable, interlocking concrete pavers that allow rainwater to soak in rather than run off.

Project Schedule: Construction planned for summer 2014, requiring 30-45 days to complete.
Property owners will be notified prior to construction start. Alley will be closed to vehicles and pedestrian traffic during construction. Equipment will be in the alley during the duration. Existing vegetation will be removed and replaced with grass seed. Supercans and trash will be accommodated.