Living Green in Meadowthorpe is a local initiative to improve the water quality of Town Branch. This is OUR watershed, and what we do makes a difference. It is important that we realize that the way we live in our neighborhood affects our residents and the environment. We hosted workshops in 2011 to educate residents and neighbors on an array of topics, including storm water, rain gardens, native plants, pet care, and lawn care. Check out the workshop videos below.
In 2010, the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government awarded MNA a Storm Water Quality Projects Incentive Grant in the amount of $29,794. The grant enabled project leaders and volunteer participants from within and beyond the neighborhood to define the nature of storm water and how it affects our neighborhood, describe related water quality problems, and guide us toward reducing them.
Learn more about storm water, the ways it has been degraded, and steps we can take to recover its beneficial uses — to ourselves and to our environment.
Rain gardens are specially prepared areas of the home landscape that collect rain water from a roof or paved surface. This rain water then supplies water for plants that like frequently wet conditions. Water that flows to the garden soaks into the ground over a short period of time; this soaking in becomes a source for re-charge of ground water resources. The water that goes into the rain garden is diverted from overland flow reducing the volume of water that flows into local streams.
Landscaping with native plants helps the environment in several ways. Native plants provide a habitat for butterflies, bees, and birds. Landscaping with native plants also reduces the area of lawn that is mowed, resulting in reduced emissions from our lawnmowers.
MNA has placed nine pet waste bag stations throughout the neighborhood. If you find one that needs attention, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The MNA Environmental Education Program Committee wrote the grant application. Shelby Jett was lead project designer and organizer. Committee members included Joe Collins, Scott Cervas, Russ DiBella, Coleman Bush, Bob Layton, and Nathan Klemperer. Others involved in the project: numerous neighborhood residents; students and teachers of Meadowthorpe Elementary School; neighborhood units of the Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts; members of Meadowthorpe Presbyterian Church and Meadowthorpe Baptist Church. In addition to Bluegrass Greensource, a variety of outside entities contributed to the project, including divisions of the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government, Fayette County Extension Office, the Rain Garden Alliance, Humane Society, Department of Health.