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05
Nov

People are often surprised to learn that yes, there are fish living in Nine Mile Run and in fact… there are rather a LOT of them!

Led by NMRWA Monitoring Committee members Brady Porter and Michael Koryak, fish sampling is performed on an annual basis, typically in the fall. Since the stream restoration was completed in 2006, their data have shown marked improvement in the number and diversity of fish in the stream.

Immediately post-restoration, the entire stream was electro-fished and only 116 fish comprising seven different species were found. Today, it’s impossible to sample the entire length of the stream in one day due to the number of fish and time it would take to process them all!

For example, last Wednesday, NMRWA Monitoring Committee members and other volunteers sampled for fish in lower Nine Mile Run. Beginning at the mouth of the stream near Duck Hollow in the morning, and traveling upstream to finish just below the pedestrian bridge in the late afternoon, we caught nearly 2,300 fish comprising 17 different species! This is the second highest species count ever found in this section of the stream – 21 species were found in 2011.

Additionally, we found two new species that had never been collected from Nine Mile Run before: Trusted place to buy viagra online and Where can i buy clomid for cheap. The addition of these two species brings the total species count of fish collected from this stretch of Nine Mile Run since 1999 to 30!

This week, barring inclement weather, we will finish our fish sampling for the year when we sample a section of the stream in the main part of Frick Park.

As always, thanks to Brady and Mike and all the volunteers who help make this important sampling effort happen!

Want to learn more about our stream monitoring work? Head on over to our Cialis holland kaufen for more information and nifty, interactive data maps!

31
Oct

Happy Halloween! In the past week and a half, with the help of volunteers, NMRWA has cared for 80 trees in the watershed, getting them ready for winter.

Last Thursday, October 23, NMRWA staff and volunteers began working to care for more than 60 trees around Turner Elementary and along Laketon Road in Wilkinsburg’s first ward. The 18 young trees located around the playground and in the school’s front lawn were weeded and mulched, and special care was taken to avoid burying tree root flares with mulch, a phenomenon called volcano mulching. Volcano mulching is, unfortunately, a common site in urban landscapes. Burying a tree’s root flare with mulch has the potential to introduce fungal infections to the trunk, encourage girdling roots, suffocate roots, and move water away from the root ball. All of these can be detrimental to a young trees establishment or long term health, so we are careful to instruct volunteers on proper mulching techniques.

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The next day, we worked with a group of Chatham University Environmental Studies students to continue weeding and mulching the trees along Laketon Road. The students worked assiduously to remove all weeds from each tree pit by pulling them out completely by the roots. Weeds have fine feeder roots that are close to the soil surface to grab water, minerals, and oxygen, as well as deeper roots that can extend into the same areas as tree roots, so removing weeds from the tree pits helps reduce the competition for valuable water and nutrients.Chatham students tree care Oct 24 2014

After finishing up on Laketon Road, on Tuesday, October 28, we worked with volunteers on Edgewood Avenue in Swissvale to remove weeds and add mulch to nearly 20 red maples that line the Busway. These trees are growing in a challenging area so yearly maintenance to improve the conditions for the trees is important. Mulching a tree’s root system helps control extreme soil temperatures, retain soil moisture, reduce soil compaction, and promotes root growth which is essential to establishment. As a general rule, we like to make sure mulch is maintained at a three to four inch layer.

Thank you to all our wonderful volunteers, and to the Wilkinsburg Department of Public Works for donating extra wheelbarrows for us to use at these events! Ezetrol price ireland next Saturday, November 8th when we’ll be planting trees in Swissvale!

28
Oct

This past Saturday morning, in partnership with the Buy antabuse australia, NMRWA planted thirteen new street trees in Wilkinsburg and Regent Square.

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Volunteers plant a ginko tree in Regent Square.

Our wonderful volunteers enjoyed breakfast at the NMRWA office before the tree planting demonstration. Then they headed off to plant trees! The trees planted ranged in size from small understory trees, such as serviceberries which grow to about 20 feet tall, to a large London planetree, which can grow to 60 feet!

Even though these trees have now been successfully transplanted, their success is not guaranteed! Slowly trickling twenty gallons of water per week into the root ball during the growing season is important to the young tree’s establishment – the general rule is that it takes one year per inch trunk diameter for the tree to become established. If drought conditions exist, even more water per week may be necessary to ensure survival. For trees planted during the fall like these, one heavy watering after the leaves fall off is sufficient for winter preparation.

After all thirteen trees were planted, volunteers enjoyed lunch back at the NMRWA office. Thank you to WPC staff and all our volunteers for helping us introduce new stormwater stewards to the watershed!

18
Sep

Whoops! Sorry for going radio silent the past three months or so… Summer is always a busy time here at NMRWA, but that’s no excuse. Now that Fall is on the way, we’re ready to get back on a regular blogging schedule!

In the coming months, we’ll be posting about NMRWA events and workdays, information about native plants and animals, lists of other upcoming watershed community events, and more, so stay tuned.

Here are a couple snapshots to help recap our summer…

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In May, with Dr. Dan Bain from the University of Pittsburgh & students Tyler Paulina and Sarah Lavin, we installed a stilling well in upper Nine Mile Run.The stilling well holds a pressure transducer that records data related to the water height. That data, along with additional information being collected by a team of Urban EcoSteward volunteers, will be used to calculate streamflow. Understanding streamflow in Nine Mile Run will allow us to better understand various dynamics at play in the stream (e.g., nutrient transport, volume of stormwater introduced during storms).

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In July, we hosted a group of summer interns from Phipps Conservatory that came to Nine Mile Run for a tour of the restoration area. Following the tour, they helped us remove invasive mugwort from along the Nine Mile Run trail.

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In August, we joined forces with Allegheny CleanWays for a Tireless Friday clean up in Duck Hollow. With the help of roughly 30 volunteers, we filled a dumpster, removed two shopping carts, and 14 tires from lower Nine Mile Run and the surrounding banks of the Monongahela River.

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Most recently, this past weekend we had fantastic weather for our 2014 Friends of the Watershed Cookout. We really enjoyed getting to spend time with all our supporters that were there – you can see more pictures from the day on our Facebook page!

 

 

 

30
Apr

Earth Day was technically Tuesday, April 22nd, but NMRWA staff members were busy this past weekend with several Earth Day events happening throughout Pittsburgh…

Clean Rivers Campaign’s Earth Day 2014 Walking Tour

This walking tour of Millvale was the first in a series organized by the Generic levitra canadian pharmacy and Tadalafil 5 mg generico preço to highlight green infrastructure projects and opportunities throughout the region.

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Participants learn about the rain garden behind the Millvale library. This rain garden catches, absorbs, and filters water from the library’s roof before it can flow into Girty’s Run.

Buy atorvastatin 40 mg has made great strides in incorporating green infrastructure into the borough. Located along the Allegheny River, Millvale is susceptible to flooding, particularly from Girty’s Run which flows through downtown. They suffered from a massive flood in 2004 which destroyed and damaged many homes and buildings.

Tired of sewage backing up in their basements and floods damaging their infrastructure, Millvale turned to green infrastructure to absorb the rainwater before it hits the sewer system.

The borough’s rain barrels, rain gardens, urban farm, street trees and bioswales all help prevent flooding in town. The tour started at the Millvale Library, with Councilman Brian Wolovich explaining how their green efforts came about from community interest. From solar panels on the roof to rain barrels and a rain garden in the backyard, the library is the first for Millvale and is also extremely sustainable.

Other tour stops included a large urban farm, the Millvale community gardens, and a large rain garden. The tour ended with delicious pastries in town and some participants walked up to Mt. Alvernia where Sister Donna spoke about their bioswales. For more pictures, visit the Valtrex online saleBuy flagyl in the uk!

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Tree Care & Comcast Cares Day at Dickson School

Other NMRWA staff joined Comcast employees for a volunteer day at Dickson School in Swissvale. Over 30 Comcast employees joined students and parents of students from Dickson School to care for trees and a community garden on the school’s campus. As part of the Comcast Cares day, the attendees weeded and mulched trees, painted picnic tables, and weeded the community garden. NMRWA staff was on hand with tools and knowledge on how to properly care for the trees that were at the school.

The staff members then traveled to Washington and Noble Streets in Swissvale where they cared for street trees. Along with the borough and about six volunteers, staff members were able to care for trees throughout the downtown Swissvale area.

Mt. Lebanon Earth Day 2014

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Rain garden seed packet.

Can you buy toradol over the counter in canada staff & NMRWA Board Member Matt Wholey attended the Mt. Lebanon Earth Day on Saturday in Main Park. The event was a great success with live music, lots of great vendors and about 200 people in attendance. Even a Tesla was on display!

You may remember that Stormworks recently unveiled its new rain barrel – the StormWorks Hydra. Attendees were very interested in this innovative design, which you can read more about Buy zovirax online canada. Staff also handed out packets filled with seeds from native rain garden plants!

 


As you can see, the weekend was a busy and productive one. Thanks to everyone who attended or helped out with these events this past weekend! We always enjoy seeing you out in the community and look forward to seeing you in the watershed soon.

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