New Tree Pits
Our work in the Rosedale Runoff Reduction Project (RRRP) area continues as we aim to complete the first phase of the project by the end of 2016. A major component of the project is the planting of 40 street trees in stormwater management tree pits.
This month one of our contractors, Penn Landscape & Cement Work, completed the first four of these tree pits on Rosedale Street.Â The process included several months of design revisions and meetings with the City of Pittsburgh Department of Public Works. The tree pits, planted with Black Gum trees, are designed to be lower than the street grade so they will capture street runoff through curb cuts for ground infiltration.
As part of the Zovirax cream purchase online, residents voiced their interest in adding green design elements to Rosedale Street. These tree pits are a first step.
Vacant Lot Cleanups
Also, in early April, Nine Mile Run staff worked with two volunteer groups to clean-up three vacant lots on the corner of Rosedale and Hill Streets, next to the Port Authorityâs Wilkinsburg Busway parking lot.Â With the help of 33 volunteers, over 100 trash bags were removed along with 15 tires!
The groups included students from Viagra in australia over the counter on April 4, who removed over 60 bags of trash and nine tires. On April 12, international students from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Augmentin buy online uk finished cleaning up the lots, collecting more than 40 bags of trash and eight tires. The groups also toured the restoration area of the NMR stream in lower Frick Park before the clean-up to get a sense of where the trash would end up if it had not been cleaned up in the upper watershed.
Stay tuned for more projects in the Rosedale area!
Volunteers and Nine Mile Run staff set out this past Saturday morning to weed and mulch over two dozen trees along the Port Authority’s Busway Linear Park along Edgewood Avenue in Swissvale. Armed with gloves, shovels, and wheelbarrows, the group got right to work improving the tree pits after a brief overview from NMR staff member Jared Manzo.
The weather was chilly and traffic along the road was a bit intimidating but the volunteers were not deterred! Volunteers assiduously removed weeds that compete for soil nutrients, and spread mulch at an even depth making sure to pull a few inches back any mulch from around the trunks of the tree.
By the end of the event, we had tended 24 of the 28 maple trees. NMRWA staff finished the final four trees the following week. Thank you to Cetirizin in italien kaufen in Swissvale andCan i buy nifedipine over the counter for the donated refreshments for volunteers.
NMRWA is extending their effort to benefit these trees by undertaking a tree pit expansion project. One of the greatest challenges for street trees is a lack of adequate soil volume. With Port Authority of Allegheny County’s permission, we are removing a strip of concrete to connect existing tree pits in pairs. Thirteen sites have been identified. Six will be completed in the remainder of 2015 with the other seven completed in 2016. The purpose of the project is to create more area for water infiltration and rooting space. Hopefully, this work will equate to larger, healthier, and longer lived trees.
If you are interested in helping trees in Swissvale, we will be Buy augmentin 875 online along Columbia Avenue, Delaware Avenue, and the Universal Academy of Pittsburgh. This will be our last tree event of the year so please come out and help us finish strong!
It’s time for another edition of Meet the Nine Mile Run Watershed Association Staff!
You may remember we did another post about our staff called Can you buy viagra online in ireland! There, you got to know our GreenLinks Coordinator, Jared and Stormw0rks’ Regional Stormwater Strategist, Mo.
Since that blog post Brittany, the Managing Director of Stormworks, has joined us! Brittany answered 5 questions so you could get to know her a bit better.
We also asked Mike, our Director of Policy and Outreach 5 questions. Mike has worked at NMRWA since July 2013. Â Stay tuned for more blog posts in this series to get to know all NMRWA staff members!
Learn more about Brittany and Mike below!
Brittany joined the Stormworks team earlier this month.Â Brittany brings over five years of experience in sales, marketing, and operations from various start-ups to her new role as StormWorks Managing Director. She has an undergraduate degree in Business Administration from Carnegie Mellon University, with a focus in Marketing. In her free time, she enjoys playing tennis, baking, reading, skiing, and walking her dog.
1.Â Can you speak any other languages?
Brittany does not speak another language although she did take Latin in high school!
2.Â If you could go anywhere on vacation, where would it be?
France because of all of the baked goods and the scenery. Brittany has already traveled to London.
3.Â What are your hobbies?
Brittany loves to read and play sports, especially tennis, golf and skiing. She also enjoys doing crafts as well as baking and cooking.
4.Â Draw your favorite animal.
Check out Brittany’s awesome drawing of a wolf below!
5. What is your favorite tree?
A White Oak. Brittany and her husband planted a white oak tree during their wedding ceremony!
Mike Joined NMRWA in July 2013 as the Director of Policy and Outreach. He has an undergraduate degree in Urban Studies and a Master of Art degree in Geography with a Graduate Certificate in GIS & Spatial Analysis, both from the University at Albany. Prior to moving to Pittsburgh, Mike was the GIS Coordinator for the University at Albany, where he developed a campus-wide system of infrastructure. He also has experience as an urban planning consultant, working to create more sustainable regions and places. He is responsible for coordinating watershed communities and organizations to develop and implement green infrastructure projects. In his free time, Mike likes to explore new areas of Pittsburgh, hang out with his dog, and find fresh food at a farmerâs market.
1.Â What did you want to be when you were growing up?
A basketball or football player.
2.Â What is the last thing that you ate?
At the time of Â this interview, the last thing Mike had ate was a breakfast burrito with a side of grapes. This was thanks to an office wide breakfast burrito party that morning!
3. What is your most memorable NMRWA moment?
The first time Mike planted a tree in the watershed stood out to him. Mike has continued to plant many trees throughout the watershed during GreenLinks’ tree planting events as well as cared for many others during the tree care events.
4. What is your favorite ice cream flavor?
Ben & Jerry’s Phish Food.
5. If you were a Superhero, what powers would you want to have?
To be able to fly.
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.
LastÂ Thursday, October 23, NMRWA staff and volunteers began working to care forÂ more than 60Â trees around Turner Elementary and along Laketon Road in Wilkinsburgâs first ward. The 18Â young trees located around the playground and in the schoolâs front lawn were weeded and mulched, and special care was taken to avoid burying tree root flares with mulch, a phenomenonÂ called volcano mulching. Volcano mulching is, unfortunately, a common site in urban landscapes. Burying a treeâs 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.
The next day, weÂ 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 asÂ deeper roots that can extendÂ into the same areas as tree roots, so removing weeds from the tree pits helps reduce the competition for valuable water and nutrients.
After finishing up on Laketon Road, on Tuesday,Â October 28, weÂ worked with volunteers on Edgewood Avenue in Swissvale to remove weeds and add mulch to nearly 20Â 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 treeâs root system helps control extreme soil temperatures, retain soil moisture, reduce soil compaction, andÂ 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! Buy finasteride online usaÂ next Saturday, November 8th when we’ll be planting trees in Swissvale!
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 Campaignâs Earth Day 2014 Walking Tour
This walking tour of Millvale was the first in a series organized by the Latanoprost ophthalmic solution 0.005 price and Amlodipine besylate 10mg pillsÂ to highlight green infrastructure projects and opportunities throughout the region.
Cialis generico farmacia online has made great strides in incorporating green infrastructure into the borough.Â 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 boroughâs rain barrels, rain gardens, urban farm, street trees and bioswales all help prevent flooding in town.Â 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 Xenical uk priceOrtoton 750 kaufen!
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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 schoolâs 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.
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Lexapro price australia staff & NMRWA Board Member Matt Wholey attended the Generic of venlafaxine 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!
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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.