Archive for April, 2013

Caring for Our Watersheds Contest at GMU

Lanier Eco-Team won 1st place in yesterday’s Caring for Our Watersheds Contest at George Mason University. Andrew Bengtson, Matthew Bacon, Luke Shafik, and Kajal Desai did a great job presenting to the panel of judges with 100 plus audience. Our team’s proposal was to reduce runoff and erosion on Lanier school ground by installing rain barrels and planting a sponge garden. Lanier Eco-Team competed with Fairfax, Alexandria, and Arlington County Schools. Lanier Eco-Team received $1000 award as 1st place winner, $250 for being the finalist, and additional funding for implementing the proposed project. It was great moment to see the students when Lanier MS was called as the 1st place winner! Students also had a great time visiting many exhibits at the event.

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Earth Day Planting

On April 22, 2013 Lanier Middle School Eco-club planted the Lanier bioretention garden on April 22nd from 3PM – 4:30 PM. Students, teachers, parents, and community members planted native plants from Earth Sangha’s Native Plant Nursery and a native seed mix from Ernst Conservation Seeds.

This project was identified by Lanier students, during a campus “storm water tour” to identify storm water issues and opportunities. Lands and Waters, with funding from a National Fish and Wildlife Foundation grant, worked with Lanier and other partners including Angler Environmental, City of Fairfax, Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District, Friends of Accotink, to design and install the bioretention garden. The garden will collect and filter storm water runoff from a school parking lot, reducing pollution, sedimentation, and storm water runoff in the Accotink Creek Watershed. Science students will be monitoring the efficiency and functionality of the bioretention garden as part of their Meaningful Watershed Educational Experiences curriculum.

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