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
A Rain Garden was planted by the community on the north side of the school as a
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.
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
Food was provided by the Home and School Assn., and a DJ kept everyone's feet
The event was a hugh success, and plans are underway for the Second Annual
Watershed Day Event in the Spring of 2010.
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