Sunday, August 31, 2008

Critical Mass

Friday Aug. 29th found the Rivermet Gang joining about 170 other fine folks for the Fort Wayne Critical Mass ride. We had a lot of fun and look forward to more rides which will probably attract a larger group. From what we learned; the group has grown with each ride and based on the number or people that asked about the group during the ride I imagine it'll be over 200 for the next ride.

For anyone unfamiliar with the concept and purpose of Critical Mass rides should visit which provides a pretty good overview and primer.

If a picture is worth a thousand words then a video should save me a lot of typing. Check out this video made by David Spaulding and posted here with permission from the guys at What's Going Down(town). Be warned that it is in warp speed so you may get dizzy.

Critical Mass Ride Fort Wayne, IN 8-29-2008 from David Spaulding on Vimeo.

Saturday, August 30, 2008

Why Do We Need Rain Gardens?

Why do we need rain gardens? Rainwater run off contributes to about 70 percent of the pollution in our rivers. Cleaner rivers are a goal of ours and we love to garden, so planting a rain garden, and installing rain barrels is a natural solution for us. Rain gardens are low maintenance and we are keeping the water where nature intended. The water soaks back into the soil and into the aquifer. Planting a rain garden may seem like a small part, but once you realize the amount of run off from you roof you would be amazed. Fittingly we planted our garden in the pouring rain on Mother’s Day and we know we kept over 400 gallons of rainwater from going into the sewers in that one day; we have not had standing water for more then a few hours.

I am so glad we installed rain barrels. Not only have we kept a large amount of water from the storm sewers; we have had free water for out plants during this dry August.