Rain gardens are a great way to add an aesthetic element that serves a purpose besides being pleasant to look at. A rain garden has numerous advantages- bird/butterfly habitat, reduces mosquito breeding, conserves water, filters off pollutants, enhance sidewalk appeal etc…
Lied Scottsbluff Public Library hosted a SUN-SATIONAL STAR-STUDDED MORNING on Tuesday, June 11th for A Universe of Stories-Children’s Summer Reading Program. Participants enjoyed a skit by Western Nebraska Community College Theater and variety of activity booths.
Nebraska H2O’s Walter Walleye and Western Nebraska Pioneer Baseball ‘s Hiram mingled with the kids and families.
Thank you to Lied Scottsbluff Public Library’s Teen Advisory Council (TAC) for planting a Bloom Box in celebration of Nebraska Wildflower Week last Friday.
The Bloom Box contained 24 hand-picked native and pollinator friendly plants from the Nebraska Statewide Arboretum and the TAC planted them according to the design template included with the box. A mini Greener Nebraska Towns grant provided additional plants for the plaza.
Thank you, TAC!
Stormwater runoff has a knack for being able to transport whatever it comes into contact with as it makes its way downstream. Sediment, debris, stones…all are susceptible to it’s force.
Vegetated swales improve water quality through two processes. The vegetation removes microbial matter. Secondly, the infiltration aspect allows for cleaner water to recharge the water table.
This day is dedicated to making sure all creatures not only survive, but also thrive.
In simple terms, Biodiversity refers to all the variety of life on Earth (plants, animals, fungi and micro-organisms), the communities they form, and the habitats in which they live.
Biodiversity ensures natural sustainability for all life forms. Ecosystems with more varieties of life have greater productivity, are more resilient, and recover faster from disaster. Our food, medicine, climate stability, gene pool, and even culture (e.g., our ag/ranch based lifestyle) are all linked to biodiversity.
The primary advantages of tree box filters include ease of construction and simple, cost-effective maintenance. Plant selection allows for a good blend into the environment. Maintenance is normally done with a rake and shovel to remove spent mulch and captured trash.
This form of pavement is a great idea for low-trafficked drives. The more vehicles on this material decreases the lifespan and efficiency. When installed correctly it has a great look and helps minimize icing issues.
Earth’s water cycle constantly refreshes our water supply as it travels through (the basic) phases of precipitation, evaporation, and condensation. We depend on the water cycle to bring us fresh, clean water.
Our water can only be as clean as it’s filters. Damage of soil, air, or ground surfaces also damages the filtration or renewal of water.
Greenhouse gases affects the amount, distribution, timing, and quality of available water which affects our activities like recreation (fishing, hunting, water recreation), farming, manufacturing.
Contaminants left on the surface or in the soil contaminate groundwater as it soaks through the soil, requiring additional filtration for humans to drink.
Every person can help prevent pollution, which helps keep the water cycle flowing smoothly and our water clean.
Downspouts directed towards natural areas, such as yards or flowerbeds, allow the runoff to infiltrate and be used to its full advantage. This action also helps reduce the volume of runoff and amount of pollutants that enter the storm sewer system, which get sent directly to receiving lakes and streams.