Friday, April 13, 2012

Five Ways to Help the Earth – From WSSC

Mother’s Day is in May, but April is a great month for remembering Mother Earth. The Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC) is hosting a variety of fun and educational Earth Month events that you and your whole family can enjoy. And, in some cases, students can earn service learning hours.

H2O Fest – Saturday, April 14, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Western Branch Wastewater Treatment Plant, 6600 Crain Highway, Upper Marlboro

Join your friends, neighbors and environmentally minded local agencies this Saturday and celebrate how thinking green can protect blue. Included in the free festivities is the chance to tour the Western Branch Wastewater Treatment Plant for an up close look at what it takes to run waste treatment systems. People of all ages can learn how to help preserve and protect our water sources through a variety of activities and resources, including: WSSC Demonstrations, Green Building and Green Products Information, Children’s Activities, Environmental Cars and much, much more.

Partnering with WSSC for this event are Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Maryland Department of Transportation, Prince George’s County Planning Department, Department of Environmental Resources and Master Gardeners.

Creating a Better Woods - Saturday, April 21, 9 a.m. to Noon, Scott’s Cove, 11000 Harding Road, Laurel

Scott’s Cove has such a lovely woods that kudzu has decided to move in. We need your help in removing this unwanted visitor. We will be providing gloves and garden snips.

Celebrate Earth Day by Giving Back - Sunday, April 22, 9 a.m. to Noon, Scott’s Cove, 11000 Harding Road, Laurel

Help us mulch and water 250 small trees and plant wildflowers as WSSC celebrates Earth Day.

Seneca Wastewater Treatment Plant’s Open House - Saturday, April 28, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., 12600 Great Seneca Highway, Germantown

See how wastewater is treated so it can be safely released back into the environment. 

Helping out the Dragonflies - Saturday, April 28, 9 a.m. to Noon, Brown’s Bridge Recreation Area, 2220 Ednor Road, Silver Spring

The best spot to see dragonflies and damselflies in central Maryland is Brown’s Bridge Recreation Area in the summer. But they don’t need trash and invasive weeds covering up their food sources. We need your help to tidy up their favorite spot.

For more about service hours or to register for any of these family friendly events, visit and click on Earth Month Events.

Information provided by Kimberley M. Knox, WSSC

Green Gardening Twitter Chat – April 19th

Arlington County's Department of Environmental Services (DES) will be hosting its first ever "Green Gardening" live Twitter chat on Thursday, April 19 from 12 - 1 p.m. in recognition of Earth Day! Join us and get answers to all of your questions related to landscaping and lawn care, native plants, and water conservation.

We will give away a free rain barrel to one lucky participant who submits a question in advance or during the live Twitter chat!

To join the conversation, follow #ARLEarthDay. You can submit questions in advance to @ArlingtonDES or on the Arlington County Environmental Services Facebook page. For more information, visit

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