We are disappointed and saddened by cancellation of April and May First Saturdays. While we recognize this is necessary to protect the health of our community, it is still difficult. To keep our community connected and to continue to celebrate the tradition of First Saturdays, we have created a virtual experience for Earth Day Rally! Hope you all enjoy, stay safe and healthy. - Ridgefield First Saturdays Team
This virtual experience includes:
April showers bring may flowers
But where does all the water go? It is either absorbed into soil, or becomes what we call stormwater. Stormwater is rainfall, snowmelt, or any precipitation, that is not absorbed into the soil. It runs off rooftops, over sidewalks, down street curbs and across parking lots, and eventually enters our local streams, creeks, and river. Before it reaches these components of our watershed it can potentially pick up contaminants that are detrimental to our ecosystem.
where does your rainwater go?
What happens to rain water when it falls on your home? Can the water soak into the ground?
- How much water that falls on your property can soak into the ground?
- If it can't soak in, where does the water go?
Water that isn't soaked into the ground, evaporated, or collected for re-use, may eventually drain into a storm drain.
you can help
Residents can help maintain shared stormwater facilities and protect the health of our streams by managing the quality of rainwater that flows off their property.
- Keep leaves, clippings, bark dust and soil on your property.
- Reduce fertilizer, herbicides and pesticide use.
- Plant native or Pacific Northwest-friendly trees and plants; remove invasive plant species.
- Sweep patios, driveways and other paved areas rather than hose them off. Bag or compost debris. Don't sweep them into the street.
- Take your vehicle to a commercial car wash that treats and recycles water.
- Make sure wastewater from washing the exterior of your home or roof is not discharged into the street.
- Dispose of yard and lawn trimmings properly such as composting, recycling, or yard debris pick-up.
- Install permeable surfaces for sidewalks, patios and driveways.
- Collect roof runoff in a rain barrel and use for watering plants and garden.
The Mason Bee: A Gentle Pollinator
Mason bees are named from their habit of making compartments of mud in their nests, which are made in hollow reeds or holes in wood made by wood-boring insects. They do not hive, so the females need nests to lay eggs. It is very easy to build a house for a Mason bee.
Mason bees come out earlier than honey bees and do not sting. You can help them to play their role in pollinating by building a nest for these native bees, using recycled materials!
Created with images by Francesco Gallarotti - "untitled image" • michael podger - "Spring showers" • Karim Sakhibgareev - "untitled image" • Geetanjal Khanna - "untitled image" • Launde Morel - "untitled image"