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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