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2015 Radio Show

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2015 Radio Show Promo

What is the stormwater consortium? 04-09-2015

Interested in what the Stormwater Consortium of Rockland County is? Listen to this radio show to learn all about Rockland County Stormwater Consortium and the impact they have in Rockland County.  

To read about the April 9th show click here

Best Management Practices and introduction to Ecological Landscape Practices.06-11-2015

Interested in learning about the Best Management Practices and its connection to Landscape Care? This radio show reached out to the average homeowner and landscape manager alike to introduce sustainable practices that also help to mitigate storm water.

To read more about the June 11th show click here

Landscape Practices and Stormwater 07-09-2015

The July show picked up with the theme of Ecological Landscaping that was introduced in the previous show as a Best Management Practice (BMP). A brief review of the previous show was given to clarify the role of turf in stormwater management and the use of turf in the common landscape. Some of the turf alternatives include ground-cover plants like Pachysandra terminalis.

To read more about the July 9th show click here

Raingardens for the Homeowner 08-13-2015

August was an introduction to the concept of the rain-garden in home landscapes as a component of ecological landscaping, green infrastructure, and as a form of mitigation for stormwater. The show opened with a review of the previous show and a discussion about stormwater being a source of non-point pollution and the resulting environmental damage. Run-off due to stormwater can be mitigated with the use of green infrastructure and ecological landscaping. The rain garden is a perfect fit with these concepts.

To read more about the August  13th show click here

Landscaping the Rain Garden 09-10-2015

The September show introduced the actual plant material used in a rain garden. The preferred type of plant material used is native flood plain plants that are naturally evolved for the regime of inundation from flooding and periods of drought. These plants produce deep root systems that break up the ground making the soil friable and permeable for ground water recharge. In addition, due to the deep root systems they are able to sustain periods of drought. The list of preferred plants is divided into both herbaceous and woody plants. It was decided to discuss the woody plants which are trees and shrubs for this show.Given with this was a description of the plant along with the wild life benefits.

To read more about the September 10th show and what plants to use in your rain garden click here

Landscaping the Rain Garden – Herbaceous Plants 10-08-2015

The October show opened with the introduction of the Stormwater Consortium and Cornell Extension as the host. A weather review was given with warnings of continuing drought and note was made that the bulk of rainfall in Sept. was from two storms. A reminder was given about the fall season and leaf removal. Leaves on the streets and curbs can clog storm drains; creating flash flooding of roadways. A brief review of rain-gardens and comparison to bio-filtered detention basins was made. W A diverse list of plant suggestions was given with a review of each plant for size, flowering period and wild life benefits. After the list was reviewed there was a discussion on how the rain-garden fits into the concept of ecological landscaping. A comparison of rain-gardens and the term xeriscaping was made pointing out the fact that rain-gardens do not use additional water once established and rely on natural rainfall.

To read more about the October 8th show and more about landscaping your rain garden click here

Flood Issues & Fall Leaf Removal Radio Show 11-12-2015

The show opened with Andy Stewart, Town Supervisor of Orangetown, NY was the first guest to come on the show. Andy was asked to explain flood control projects on the Sparkill Creek which flows through Orangetown. Dr. Brian L. Mc Connell, Executive Director of Cornell Cooperative Extension of Rockland County, was the next guest and he concentrated on floods and preparing for storm events. A reminder was given that fall is here and now is the time for leaf clean-up. Many municipalities allow leaves to be piled up at the curb for pick-up and this creates a hug flood hazard during storm events as the leaves may clog catch basins and create a flood condition. This condition also occurs in tributaries where there can also be a concentration of leaf litter.  

To read more about the November 12th radio show and information on the topics Andy Stewart and  Brian McConnell PhD. discussed click here

Heading into Winter: the Year End Review Radio Show 12-10-2015

The December 2015 radio show covered all of the topics discussed throughout the 2015 year.

A brief review of the shows topics were given and included topics like the definition of the Stormwater Consortium, flooding, landscaping, and environmental impact of stormwater. But the remanding time was concentrated on the impacts of stormwater. The audience was reminded that stormwater carries everything in its path and eventually those pollutants are discharged into water bodies via the stormwater drainage systems.

To read more about the December 10th radio show and information on the topics discussed by Michael Wilson click here

Last updated April 8, 2020