“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Rock Creek Park in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

A Garden Protecting Rock Creek

A Garden Protecting Rock Creek Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, December 17, 2017
1. A Garden Protecting Rock Creek Marker
A Garden Protecting Rock Creek

In 2011, the Friends of Peirce Mill partnered with the National Park Service to revive the plantings and install water sustainability features at this garden. These features include two rain gardens, a pervious paver area, and a "downspout disconnect." Visit and see how homeowners can help Rock Creek or their neighborhood stream through simple changes in how rainfall is used.

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What You Can Do On Your Property

Stormwater washes lawn fertilizers and pesticides into creeks and harms the Chesapeake Bay. Consult for sustainable able lawn care tips.

If feasible, disconnect downspouts leading to drainage pipes and street, or driveway, and direct to yard, rain barrel, or rain garden. Here's a typical rain garden design: [pictured]

These photos show the difference between a healthy stream bank (left) and a stream bank eroded by stormwater(right).

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Select Plants Wisely
A broad selection of attractive wildflowers, shrubs and trees can be used for a rain garden; they also can add beauty to landscaping project on your property.

Blue Vervain
Winterberry Holly
A Garden Protecting Rock Creek Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, December 17, 2017
2. A Garden Protecting Rock Creek Marker
Oxeye Sunflower
Purple Coneflower
Butterfly Weed

Use Pervious Pavers

Homeowners can increase absorption of rainfall into the soil by laying stepping stones or patios on top of gravel and other pervious materials.

Friends of Peirce Mill

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Rock Creek and Its Tributaries
The Nature Center is in the southern portion of the 80-square-mile Rock Creek watershed or drainage area, which begins near Laytonsville in Montgomery County. About two-thirds of the stream network has been covered by roads, parking lots and other impervious development. This means that rainfall doesn't get absorbed in these areas, and that storm sewers convey torrents of water that erode stream banks and topples trees. Storm water also disrupts the natural food chain by destroying habitat for aquatic insects and fish, and contributes to the degradation of the Potomac River and the Chesapeake Bay.

Erected by Friends of Peirce Mill.
Location. 38° 57.589′ N, 77° 3.091′ W. Marker is in Rock Creek Park, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker can be reached from Glover Road NW 0.1 miles north of Maintenance Road NW. Touch for map. On the grounds of the Rock Creek Park Nature Center and Planetarium in Rock Creek Park. Marker is at or near this postal address: 5200 Glover Road NW, Washington DC 20015, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Fort De Russy (approx. 0.2 miles away); Fort DeRussy (approx. mile away); a different marker also named Fort DeRussy (approx. mile away); Tupelo Tree (approx. 0.4 miles away); Herring Highway (approx. 0.4 miles away); Forest Hills at Home (approx. mile away); Flora and Fauna of Rock Creek Park (approx. 0.9 miles away); Broad Branch Market (approx. one mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Rock Creek Park.
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Credits. This page was last revised on April 11, 2018. This page originally submitted on December 17, 2017, by Devry Jones of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 75 times since then and 21 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on December 17, 2017, by Devry Jones of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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