Monthly archive for December 2010

Seed Harvest Update & River Stuff!

Save Maumee Seed Harvest 2010 Update:   Harvesters…the river thanks 30 of you, for all the seeds gathered for our 2nd Annual Seed Harvest at Fox Island.  Save Maumee is noteworthy of recognition for true improvements on your riverbanks (riparian areas) and continue to be the key word in today’s environmentalism…SUSTAINABLE!  WE could not do it without YOU.  We plucked the following and will plant our harvested seed at Earth Day 2011! ~ A grand plan in the works.  We will be sending a hard working group to a remote site at NOON on Sunday April 17th, 2011.  Save Maumee 6th Annual Earth Day begins at the usual spot at 11AM. Working on website updates right now.       What did we pluck from the generous nature preserve, Fox Island, and what will we be planting for Earth Day?  Estimates of seed weight and prices.   The following in blue is a price list from Heartland Restoration/Earth Source Inc. (2010 quotes)   Big Bluestem: $12/LB                            Save Maumee collected approx . 5.5 lbs = $66 Canada Wild Rye: $14/LB                      Save Maumee collected approx.  4.5 lbs = $63  Indian Grass: $8/LB                               Save Maumee collected approx.  3lbs = $

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Top Shoreline/Streambank Tips

1. Grow a Greenbelt: Establish a greenbelt or expand an existing one by adding more native plants.  Encourage your neighbors to do the same.  Buffers are helpful when it comes to water quality! 2. Fertilizer Smart: If you fertilize, refrain from fertilizing within 30′ of a shoreline/ditch/stream. DEFINITELY use no-phosphorus fertilizer. 3. Leave Trees: If a tree falls into the water leave it! They provide great habitat and contribute to the important carbon budget of the ecosystem. 4. Maintain Septic Systems: Failing septic systems can leach nutrients, which cause nuisance algae and plant growth. 5. Control Erosion: Stabilize shoreline erosion with bioengineering methods best management practices. 6. Join Forces: Support your local lake or river associations; they implement important resources protection projects and programs…like Save Maumee! 7. Stow Away: Store boats, boat hoists, docks and other equipment away from the shoreline; they can harm shoreline plants and compact soils.  Work on these machines and engines AWAY from the water to reduce leaks and spills. 8. Flow Away: Stormwater from driveways, roof tops, and other surfaces carries harmful pollutants.  Direct stormwater away from the street grates and allow it to infiltrate into the ground. (i.e. raingardens, rainbarrels, porous cement, wash car

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NASA~Earth Observatory over past 130 years

http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/Features/WorldOfChange/decadaltemp.php?src=eoa-features A snapshot of Earth over the past 130 years with heating and warming trends. “A one-degree global change is significant because it takes a vast amount of heat to warm all the oceans, atmosphere, and land by that much. In the past, a one- to two-degree drop was all it took to plunge the Earth into the Little Ice Age. A five-degree drop was enough to bury a large part of North America under a towering mass of ice 20,000 years ago. ”

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