November 23, 2020
As you know, rain run-off and erosion has been on going problem at Hilton Beach. One of the worst places is at the bottom of the Southeast parking lot near the HRSD pump station building. Rain picks up speed as it travels down the impervious surface of the parking lot and flows across the grass and across the beach sand to the river. Because it is a large amount of rain it carves deep ruts of erosion as it travels across the sand.
To help remedy this problem, Boy Scout, Michael O'Flynn is installing a rain garden as an Eagle Scout project. He will be working on the rain garden this Sat, Oct 24 and you are invited to come and help with planting at 10 am. Please wear a mask and bring gloves if you're able to help plant. Also, you can bring a small shovel or trowel.
Rain Gardens are a very good to slowing and stopping rain runoff. The surface will allow a large amount of water to settle in the garden area and provide water for plants. The plants will provide for butterflies, bees and other pollinators. Scout Michael O'Flynn's Easgle project will also help water quality in the James River by diverting a large amount of stormwater.