Everything that happens within the boundaries of the Rock Creek Watershed affects the health of Rock Creek. It's important to not only volunteer in the park and do work on your own property to reduce risk to the Creek, but to encourage your friends and neighbors to do the same. Here's a few ideas on how to do that!
Educate your neighbors! A great way to do that is to direct them to Rock Creek Conservancy's website or to share with them newsletters, emails, etc. that you receive from the Conservancy.
One easy project is to "adopt" the storm drain inlets in your neighborhood. You can pick up trash out of the gutter to make sure it doesn't wash down the storm drain. You can also work in your neighborhood to make sure that people do not put leaves, clippings, or yard waste into the gutter. They release nitrogen and phosphorous into the water, which causes algae blooms and "dead zones." You can even get colorful "Do Not Pollute" markers from Montgomery County and the District to glue on the storm drains. That is a fun project for kids--and adults!
You can also work with your house of worship, school, workplace, or local library to adopt the same practices you can adopt on your own property. For a list of the houses of worship in the Rock Creek Watershed, please click here. Installing a rain garden is a great way to reduce erosion and stormwater runoff. In partnership with the District Department of the Environment, we installed a beautiful rain garden at a community center.
RiverSmart Homes Demonstration Project
Chevy Chase Community Center, 5601 Connecticut Avenue, NW Washington, DC