Monday, March 20, 2017

Spring2Action with us!

Spring2Action is Alexandria's day of giving for nonprofit organizations working across our community. We encourage all Alexandria residents to participate from now through April 5, in support of the many great organizations serving our community.

The online Spring2Action giving platform is available starting Monday, March 20. Please consider a small contribution to the Four Mile Run Conservatory Foundation as part of your Spring2Action giving. We have a participation goal of 100 donors, giving at any level.

Our focus this year is on litter removal and abatement. Our 'Kick the Habit' project will help reduce the too-common practice of disposable plastic bottle use, and we have applied for grant support for recycling bins and equipment to aid in removing larger trash items from lower Four Mile Run and the Park. We will have numerous opportunities for volunteers. There are already several stream clean-up days scheduled for spring--see the events calendar for details.

Thank you for taking part in Spring2Action!

Friday, March 3, 2017

Help 4MR Wetland Restoration win BUBBA Grand Prize!

Vote for Four Mile Run Wetland Restoration to win the 2017 BUBBA Grand Prize!

The 4MR Wetland Restoration project was just awarded Best Habitat Creation in the Best Urban BMP in the Bay Award (BUBBA) contest by the Chesapeake Stormwater Network!

Each 1st place winner from each category now has the opportunity to compete for the $5,000 Grand Prize to go toward more park improvements. Voting closes on March 13th.

Cast your vote now! Go to:
http://chesapeakestormwater.net/the-bubbas/2017-bubbas-2/

The Best Urban BMP in the Bay Award contest (BUBBA) recognizes the best urban BMPs that have been installed in the Chesapeake Bay watershed. Local implementers of low impact designs tend to lead the way in trying new and innovative approaches to dealing with difficult stormwater problems. Each year, the Chesapeake Stormwater Network recognizes innovators in the field who are using new and innovative techniques for facing the challenges of stormwater management by awarding the Best Urban BMP in the Bay Award.

The newly restored 4MR Wetland 

For the 2017 BUBBAs, the Four Mile Run Wetland Restoration was awarded First Place for Best Habitat Creation in a BMP

This two-acre wetland restoration project involved an extensive invasive species abatement plan and the establishment of several diverse habitat types through a watershed approach to design and planning. The restored wetland system now includes a low marsh zone, a high marsh zone and an upland meadow in order to provide both terrestrial and aquatic habitat improvements for frogs, song birds and native pollinators while treating stormwater runoff. 

The diversity of habitat types, a list of native species planted, and the comprehensive invasive species management approach helped this project to stand out as one that placed a clear emphasis on habitat creation during the project design.

To read a full project narrative and view more photos, visit: http://chesapeakestormwater.net/the-bubbas/2017-bubbas-2/



Saturday, February 4, 2017

At the goal line: 'Kick the Habit' to protect parks & streams

Here's an update on our "Kick the Habit" campaign. And a way that you can help enlist others to help us to reach the goal line.

We just recently got the results from #GivingTuesday: The Gates Foundation was so successful in giving away money that they ran out of funds before all of our donations were matched. Thanks to all our donors, a full match would have concluded our fundraising efforts. But as it turns out a little more funding is needed to make single-use water bottles a thing of the past at Alexandria's athletic fields.
'Kick the Habit' is our effort to reduce a significant source of waste and litter--the reliance on single-use bottled water--by installing water-bottle and jug filling stations at the City's two highest-use fields, Simpson Stadium Park and Witter Fields. Alexandria Soccer already has water jugs/coolers, and its players have reusable bottles. Help us fill them.
Contributions to 'Kick the Habit' will still be matched dollar-for-dollar through a Community Matching Fund grant we have been awarded through the Department of Recreation, Parks, and Cultural Activities.
We are over 80% of the way to reaching our goal.. With the matching funds and existing commitments, any donation will be matched to close that gap. Less than $1,000 is needed still.
While we reach out to more corporate donors, we've reopened our crowd-funding effort as well. We'd appreciate your help in getting the word out. 

Tell folks that they can help "Kick the Habit" at our new fundraiser page:
https://www.facebook.com/donate/10210179894031532/