Ring Around the (Green) Collar

I was folding laundry and listening to one of the Presidential debates the other night – not listening too closely as the candidates were mostly squabbling. Suddenly, I heard one of them say “green infrastructure” and then another said “green jobs.” I looked up from my unmatched socks – were the candidates really talking green… Read more »

Go Green — New Infrastructure

Buffers, wetlands, and green roofs, hooray! Green infrastructure, the use of soil and plants to filter and treat water on-site, is really catching on. This includes preserving natural landscape features like streamside buffer zones as well as well as recreating landscape features by using techniques like rain gardens and swales. Green infrastructure works to help… Read more »

Rain Garden Tips: Design

So far in our video series we have talked about winter rain gardens, where to put your rain garden, and evaluating your soil. Today’s post will focus on designing your rain garden. Patricia Pennell of the West Michigan Environmental Council (home to Rain Gardens of West Michigan) wrote a little bit to accompany her video… Read more »

Rain Garden Tips: Soil

Last week I wrote a brief intro for my blog post on testing your soil, and below is the video I promised. You’ll see why I wanted you all to get some supplies. A couple things I forgot to mention in the video: Even if your soils don’t drain well, and replacing your soils with… Read more »

Rain Garden Tips: Pre-Video Supplies

The next topic for our rain garden tip series is going to be evaluating your soil. I was going to trying making the video yesterday, but realized later in the day that I didn’t have the right supplies. So, unfortunately I think I’ll have to postpone the video until Friday or Monday, since I’m out… Read more »

Rainy Day Projects

Are you a little bummed because it’s too cold outside to work in the garden or do anything outside? Well now is a great time to start planning the rain garden you want to plant this spring! Rain gardens are great ways to protect your local river or stream while beautifying your house. And building… Read more »

States Vary on Sewage Right-to-Know Policy

Have you been enjoying your summer, splashing in your stream and swimming in your local lake? You may think you know whether it’s safe to take a dip, but depending on where you live, there’s a good chance you have no idea. Given that there is no consistent national standard requiring sewage system operators to… Read more »