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Shared rain garden project at Bryan Station unites campus with common goals on sustainability

By Tammy L. Lane Special to KyForward In an outdoor setting on the Bryan Station campus, AP Environmental Science students demonstrated their knowledge of and passion for sustainability as they chatted up eighth-graders who met them in the schools’ shared rain garden. “I really want to set a good example of saving the earth. I want them to think of ways to take care of it,” said sophomore Jordan...

Commentary: Go find your community wherever it may be is a fitting legacy

By Kara Sayles Special to KyForward Over the past eight years, I have met some true teachers who serve our beautiful Commonwealth by passing down information about our natural world. They serve tirelessly to help those of us interested in protecting native plant and animal species in the Bluegrass. Recently, we lost one of those amazing people. In my mourning of a native plant mentor to so many, Mary...

Greensource: Tour showcases the beauty, benefits of Central Kentucky rain gardens

  By Kara Sayles KyForward columnist   A rain garden is a shallow depression that captures runoff from impervious surfaces, such as rooftops, patios, driveways and parking lots, before it enters the storm water system. A rain garden uses natural processes to improve water quality by filtering pollutants and reducing the amount of storm water runoff. The water easily infiltrates into the...

Greensource: Rain gardens go with the flow, helping reduce runoff, improve water quality

Rain gardens can be customized and are limited only by the resources and time you want to put into them. (Photo provided)   By Kara Sayles KyForward columnist   As spring shapes up here in Central Kentucky, early flowers are in bloom and trees are starting to bud. For many of us, this sparks an interest in gardening.   One gardening option to consider this year is a rain garden. If you...

Greensource: Rain gardens have many benefits for your yard and the environment

Rain gardens use natural processes to improve stormwater quality. (Photo provided)   By Kara Sayles KyForward columnist   What if all our neighborhoods incorporated stormwater that drains from the roof into the natural landscaping around our homes? Plants would be watered naturally, the groundwater recharged, and excessive curbing and stormwater systems could be eliminated. Instead of this...