Follow the Water 2019

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Follow the Water @ Little Run Elementary

April 30, 2019
Fairfax County’s Stormwater Management Program helped Fairhill Elementary School fifth-grade students, their teachers, and administrators transform a dusty and downtrodden area of bare dirt around a storm drain into a budding native garden. Friends of Accotink Creek’s Follow the Water was onsite educating students on the importance of soils and exploring the life that healthy soil supports.

Six hundred native plants were installed near the school’s playground. The hands-on learning event was provided by Revitalize, Restore, Replant! (R3), a County program in which students learn how native plants with long roots improve water quality by soaking up excess nutrients and hold soil in place better than turf grass.

During recess many younger students gathered ‘round and expressed their excitement for this new space. Many were extending the hands, asking to be watered along with the plants.

Plantings surrounding storm drains like this are done in the form of a “pizza garden”, with species separated into wedge-shaped slices for easier identification and weeding.