Bowling Green Independent School District Rain Barrel Workshop
|Author: Patricia Sowell|
Date: Friday, April 6th, 2012
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A team from the CEES facilitated a rain barrel workshop for 15 families from Dishman-McGinnis Elementary School. Bowling Green Independent School District sponsored the supplies needed for the families to construct the rain barrel to take home with them to use in their yards.
Also, at the workshop, Principle Mike Wixs, explained to the families about the new school that is going to replace the old LC Curry building.
Julie Brown, from UK Extension Office, gave gardening tips and did a seed activity with the families. they also planted tomato plants to take home and grow.
Director of Habitat for FHumanity, Rodney Goodman, explained the new development at Durbin Street. The project is a statewide demonstration for developing a mixed income, mixed use green affordable housing neighborhood. Important goals of the project included education, professional training, community outreach, and potentially impacting policy revisions. Durbin Estate will eventually comprise up to 49 housing units, a community center, outdoor amphitheater, walking trails, community gardens, rain gardens, edible landscaping, native species plantings, and increased tree cover.
An award of $4000 from the General Motors Foundation in the summer of 2013 will support the Center to work with the local schools in facilitating water quality testing at Trammel Creek.
On June 20, 2013, Roundstone Native Seed, LLC from Upton, KY, sent two employees to Durbin Estate to spread mixtures of grass seed around the upland waterway and the bottomland. Click title for more information.
On June 20, 2013, GWC Enterprise starts installing the underground utilities at the Durbin Estate Project for the water, sewer and electric lines. For more information, click the title.
The Center's Office Associate, Trish Sowell worked with CCC teacher, Christy Rogers and her students, through hands-on engagement developing a garden. Click the title for more information and access to a presentation.
On Monday, June 3 the Durbin site team was finally able to hold Plugs Planting Day. Plugs are small settings of sedges and rushes that were planted along the major Durbin site drainage channel to stabilize the banks and slow flow in rain events.
The CEES has been awarded a 3-year $655,000 grant 319(h) nonpoint source (NPS) pollution grant from the Kentucky Division of Water. This is a partnership project between WKU, Habitat for Humanity and other regional partners.