Friday, October 15, 2010
on the Trail...
Sitting on the north bank of the Little Manatee River in Ruskin, Camp Bayou is influenced by everything that flows within the river or runs into it from the surrounding watershed.
We have monitored the water quality through Hillsborough County's Streamwater Watch program each month for the past 11 years, with the hope that any impacts to our river will be caught in time to do something about them.
We have implemented a number of water conservation projects, a few thanks to community grants from the Southwest Florida Water Management District. A rain gutter/cistern project can provide water to flush the toilets. More than one demonstration garden shows how drought-tolerant plants can be used in the home landscape.
A watershed model, demonstrates how the surrounding activities in the uplands, impact our waterway.
And, as a real world reminder of our dependency on water, the preserve is served by an ancient well (circa mid '70s) that is showing its age and has of late, been in constant need of repair in order to maintain our well's water quality.
Lesson for the day- always bring a container of water when you go for a walk on the trails to be sure you have a refreshing sip of water when you need it!