Blair Mill Elementary School-Watershed Day April 25, 2009

By Mike Wilson

Southeastern Montgomery County Chapter of Trout Unlimited partnered with numerous groups to hold the first annual Watershed Day Event at Blair Mill Elementary School in Horsham, PA on Saturday April 25th. This event grew out of a Tree Vitalize planting that was planned for Blair Mill Run, which runs along the south side of the school's property. From this humble start the event grew into a 5 hour event involving both the school and local community. This event would not have been possible without the help and support of the principal and staff of Blair Mill Elementary School, the Home and School Assn., and the Hatboro - Horsham School District.
The activities included :

Tree Vitalize Planting - 190 trees and shrubs were planted by local families along Blair Mill Run.

Dedication of a Wetlands to be constructed in Clearbrook Park, which adjoins the school property. Funding for the design of the wetlands was provided by Beneficial Foundation. Construction will be done by Horsham Township.

The Philadelphia Water Dept. provided 60 rain barrels that were given to local residents.

A Rain Garden was planted by the community on the north side of the school as a demonstration project.

Rich Terry secured a grant from his company, and a 90 gallon fish tank was set-up in the lobby of the school. It looks great, and will soon have some local fish to remind the children of the streams that run by their school.

There were demonstrations by :
        PA Environmental Council.
        Montgomery County Conservation District.
        Philadelphia Water Dept.
        PA Fish and Boat Commission.
        Audubon Society.

The school children participated in a contest to rename the small tributary known as "tributary K". It is now known as Babbling Beagle Brook. An Ipod was awarded to the student who submitted the new name.

A raffle was held with 3 children winning science based prizes.

Face painting and a Stream Mural kept the children busy when they weren't planting trees.

Food was provided by the Home and School Assn., and a DJ kept everyone's feet tapping.

The event was a hugh success, and plans are underway for the Second Annual Watershed Day Event in the Spring of 2010.



October 10,2009

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