Friends of Thrifton Hill Park
The stream in Thrifton Hill Park is part of Spout Run. In Arlington our storm drains connect directly to our local streams, so improving awareness of this connection is important priority. At right, Neighborhood kids learn about watershed pollution and the value of trees as buffers at Nature Day at Thrifton Hill Park in Sept. 2006.
By harvesting rain water, you can reduce water demand from public water systems, save money on water bills, and help keep our local streams clean by reducing stormwater runoff which becomes loaded with contaminating sediments as it rushes over street surfaces and into storm drains and streams. Rain water is great for watering your lawn and garden, washing your car, and filling kiddy pools.
Arlington Echo Outdoor Education Center in Millersville, MD, makes and sells low-priced rain barrels for $58. The barrels are made from recycled white 50-gallon food grade containers and can be painted or stained. They have a hose connector at the bottom, a spigot to fill buckets, and an overflow at the top. For more details, see the installation instructions. You need only to be able to use a hacksaw to shorten your existing downspout and connect a flexible downspout (from your local hardware store for about $8) to your barrel.
Junior Girl Scout Troop 4749 from Taylor Elementary School marked storm drains throughout the Maywood neighborhood to help improve awareness of our watershed and remind neighbors that only rain goes down the drain (pictured at right). The markers list either Spout Run or Windy Run since the neighborhood's storm water flows to these two watersheds.
For more information, visit the county's Web page on our local streams.
Thrifton Hill Park, 2814 23rd Street North, Arlington, VA 22201