Welcome our newest staff members to Nine Mile Run Watershed Association by learning more about them in the post below! They each answered 5 questions about themselves and what they like to do so you can get to know them better.
Maureen (Mo) Copeland
Mo started with Stormworks in June 2014 as theirÂ Regional Stormwater Strategist. She is the friendly face you will see at your doorstep for rain container consultations. A southwestern PA native, Mo earned her undergraduate degreeÂ from Allegheny College and a graduate degreeÂ from Duquesne University. Learn more about Mo from the questions below!
1. What is your favorite tree?
Paper Birch because the bark looksÂ just likeÂ paper. It was also the first tree that Mo could identify from looking at the bark.
2. What is your favorite native plant?
Mo loves blueberries so the Highbush Blueberry plant ranks high. Plus, it is native to our area!
3. What did you want to be when you were growing up?
A basketball player.
4. Can you speak any other languages?
Not yet but, she is learning sign language.
5. What is your favorite condiment?
Honey mustard sauce.
Jared started working at NMRWA at the beginning of October. HeÂ is our new Greenlinks Coordinator so you will see him at all of our tree care and tree planting events this Fall. HeÂ is a West Virginia native but has lived in Pittsburgh since 2010. Jared earned his undergraduate and graduate degrees at WVU. Learn more about Jared from the questions below!
1. What is your favorite ice cream flavor?
Cake batter or birthday cake.
2. What is your favorite tree?
Jared’s favorite native oak species is the White Oak tree because of its form or, the way the tree’s branches grow.
Although it is not native to our area, Scotch Pine tops Jared’s list of favorite trees, too.
Jared is also fond of the native Sugar Maple tree because of its great Fall colors.
3. What are your hobbies?
Jared enjoys playing ultimate frisbee, collecting records at the many record stores around Pittsburgh, and hiking in Pennsylvania and West Virginia.
4. What is your favorite restaurant?
The Dor-Stop in Dormont. Jared tends to go for the banana walnut pancakes.
5. Can you speak any other languages?
Not yet but, Jared is working on his Spanish.
If you see Mo or Jared around the watershed be sure to say hi and welcome! You can be sure to see them at some of our Where can i buy strattera uk.
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 postingÂ about NMRWAÂ 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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One of GBA’s Emerging Professionals is Christi Saunders – a virtual construction engineer for Mascaro Construction. She wrote today’s post about her experience volunteering in Frick Park as an Where can i buy strattera online. Thank you to Christi & GBA for this guest blog post!
I live in Regent Square and have spent much time in Frick Park, either running, walking the dog, or playing tennis.Â I have always enjoyed my time in Frick Park because it feels like Iâve have been transported out of the city to the Middle of Nowhere, PA. Its calm, quiet, and beautiful.
Through living in Regent Square and my involvement with the Emerging Professionals at Green Building Alliance, I learned about the Nine Mile Run Watershed Association.Â NMRWA is involved in the cleanup and maintenance of the Nine Mile Run watershed, which includes Frick Park and parts of Wilkinsburg, Pittsburgh, Swissvale, and Edgewood.Â In all of the time I had spent in Frick Park, I had never considered how the park was maintained.Â I guess I just assumed that the city and the Parks Conservancy maintained the grounds, which in fact they do â they cut grass address fallen trees, service the restroom facilities, maintain the trails, etc.Â Other major maintenance activities in the park like collecting trash, removing invasive species, and planting new species, however, is actually accomplished through a volunteer program called Urban EcoStewards, which is managed by NMRWA and the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy.
Since I love Frick Park so much, I was eager to do my part to help maintain its great quality so others can enjoy it as much as I do. Â I brought the idea of joining the EcoStewards program to GBAâs Emerging Professionals group and we all agreed to take on the project. We have since been assigned a project site in Frick Park that is near the Edgewood/Swissvale on-ramp to the parkway.Â We started maintaining the site last fall mostly by removing English Ivy, an invasive species that tends to grow everywhere.
We returned to the project this spring, but we wanted to do more than just remove English Ivy.Â So Tom Cosgro and I attended a Spring Invasive Species training class that was held by NMRWA and the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy.Â We learned new species to identify and whether or not they need to be removed from the site.Â I also talked with NMRWA about what native species we could plant at our site. Two weeks before our spring cleanup day, I headed out and purchased a few bushes and several smaller flowering milkweed plants.
On our spring cleanup day this year, we began by removing several different types of invasive species including Garlic Mustard and Goutweed. Everyone noticed right away the lack of English Ivy, which made us feel accomplished since we knew that our last project had actually made an impact.
After an hour or so, the sky started to look darker so we decided to wrap it up by planting the natives that I had brought. As we began to dig holes for the bushes, the sky opened up and it poured down rain. We debated making a break for the cars but there was no time.Â We all jumped into the trees and found as much shelter as we could. The pouring rain only lasted about 10-15 minutes but it was enough that we all ended up soaked.
After the rain, we went on to plant a Button Bush, a Spice Bush, and a few Milkweed plants, which attract numerous species of butterflies.Â After that, we cleaned up and headed back towards Regent Square.Â We all enjoyed an ice cold beer and laughed about being so wet.Â Hopefully at the next EcoStewards day we will see our native plants flourishing along the trail in Frick Park. Â And if you havenât explored this wonderful park yet, you have to check it out!
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Nine Mile Run Watershed Walking Tour
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Last Saturday, we held our second tour in the Nine Mile Run watershed. As a partner organization in the Clean Rivers Campaign, the Nine Mile Run Watershed Association (NMRWA) has been working to stop water pollution and solve multiple community needs by investing in green solutions.Â After some brief introductions at the NMRWA office, the tourÂ took time to learn about Stormworksâ new rain container, the Hydra. You can read more about the slim and innovative design of the Hydra, Zovirax over the counter usa. Holding 116 gallons of water, the Hydra will catch rain water before it can enter our sewer system and eliminate runoff on owners’ properties.
The tour then moved a few feet from the office to a section of permeable pavement at the corner of Trenton Ave and Biddle Ave in Wilkinsburg. NMRWA installed this permeable pavement several years ago to reduce the runoff into Trenton Ave and the rest of the watershed. Made from recycled rubber tires, the several feet of pavement doesnât interrupt pedestrian or residential traffic. The durability of the material was evident in comparison to the surrounding cracked and broken pieces of concrete.
Next, the tourÂ stepped across the street to Biddleâs Escape coffee shop. There, Stormworks installed a stormwater planter last summer. Similar to a rain garden, a stormwater planter contains plants that effectively absorb rain water. The plants are housed in a container that rests on the ground. This project was great for Biddleâs Escape as they do not have land where a rain garden could have been installed. The buildingâs downspout empties into the planter to quench the plants and divert the water from running off into the street. Joe, the owner of Biddleâs Escape, joined the tour to talk about the shop and the different events they offer. Stormworks was able to work with Joe to complete the rain planter and add another stormwater solution to the community.
The tour moved on to visit a few street trees in Wilkinsburg. NMRWAâs Greenlinks program seeks to improve the community greenspaces and urban forest of the Nine Mile Run watershed. Since its inception, GreenLinks has added nearly 900 trees to the watershed, which are actively managing thousands of gallons of stormwater runoff each year. Tour participants were able to stop at a few trees to learn how they manage stormwater as well as the threats that they often face. In the US, many trees have been affected by the Emerald Ash Borer, a beetle that kills Ash trees. NMRWA has been working hard to mitigate the effects of this problem by looking for alternative tree species that will thrive.
Participants travelled just a few blocks to learn about two rain gardens in the area. A watershed resident, Janis,Â joined the tour to talk about the rain garden that was installed at her home. Several years ago, Janis purchased her home and had to remove a large tree from her yard. The roots of the tree and the shape of her yard created runoff problems for Janis. She contacted Stormworks and they were able to install a rain garden that wraps around the side of her home. Solving the runoff problems and adding aesthetic appeal to her yard (at one-third the price of conventional landscaping!) the rain garden has proved itself beneficial. With minimal maintenance, Janis is able to enjoy her garden fully.
Finally, the tour stopped at a rain garden located in front of the Biddle Building, on Braddock Ave, next to the tennis courts. Also installed by Stormworks, the garden has absorbed rain runoff on the parkâs campus for a number of years. Here, tour participants also learned about NMRWAâs monitoring work. To ensure the organizationâs past work to restore Nine Mile Runâs water quality, they have efforts in place to monitor the quality of the water on a monthly basis. Overall, they have seen the quality continue to improve. Just a few years ago, only a few fish could be found in the waters of Nine Mile Run. Today, thousands of fish, from many different species, can be found thriving in the water. This is a tremendously good sign that the water quality has been restored in the run.
The tourâs 20 participants were able to learn a lot from many different types of green infrastructure projects that have now been in place for an extended period of time. The balance of residential and commercial properties on the tour allowed participants to image what might be possible in their homes and communities.
As you may know, this tour is part of a series. Running through September, a tour will be offered on the last Saturday of every month, each in a different area of the Pittsburgh region. Next up, we will visit Etna to learn about their green infrastructure projects. You can find out more or register by visiting: Drugstore coupon app. Please contact Sarah atwith any questions.
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Clean Rivers Campaign Happy Hour
Last Thursday, May 1st, the Clean Rivers Campaign hosted a Happy Hour. This event was an opportunity for the campaign and its supporters to meet, mingle, network and celebrate the success of the campaign over the last two years. Borelli Edwards Gallery on Butler Street in Lawrenceville hosted the Happy Hour. The gallery was simultaneously hosting the art of Buy difene onlineâs exhibit Pittsburgh Evolves: Looking Back, Looking Forward. Cynthiaâs beautiful paintings of Pittsburgh landscapes, scenes and landmarks provided a unique and relevant background for the conversations of the Happy Hour. Old and familiar faces made up the great turnout. Check out a few pictures below of attendees showing their support for the campaign. You can see more pictures on Clean Rivers Campaignâs Flagyl online usa.