Dennis and Sue Evans seem to be enjoying one of the new paddleboats on the Collington Lake.
Collington now has 2 paddleboats. They are available Monday and Wednesday from 1:30 until 3 PM. Only 1-2 people are allowed per boat at a time. Sign up with Ebony Jordan, Wellness Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org or call extension 2254. She will also give guidance on using the paddleboats.
For those who didn’t make it outside
by James Yuan
by Lois Brown
Our photo editor Marian Fuchs writes:
The other day I took a few pictures at the Lake, after the construction of the barrier. I think these pictures show that the recent construction will not significantly detract from our enjoyment of the Lake — in fact, the gabions look rather attractive. The third picture shows the mesh that the crew have spread over the areas of grass that they damaged; in time the seed in the mesh will sprout and make the grassy area whole again. The two shadows are Jacob and me.
I look forward to the lake filling up again soon.
Our Weed warriors took advantage of the temporary lowering of the lake to clean up the perimineter.
Karen Boyce launched our reporting on the silt amelioration project with this photo and the below information about the group that is spearheading the work:
The Clean Water Partnership is a Public-Private Partnership (P3) between Prince George’s County and Corvias. The CWP is the first of its kind to design, build, finance, operate and maintain urban stormwater infrastructure to meet MS4 regulatory requirements and is committed to retrofit up to 4,000 impervious acres.
Please visit www.thecleanwaterpartnership.com to learn more about this innovative partnership.
So your investigative team, soil and water expert Jacob Kijne and I, wandered down and gathered more provisional information — and some more photos, about this important work.
The idea is that the incoming silt-laden water is slowed down by the rocks, and drops its load of silt into the area between the inlet and the rocks. The rocks, by the way, are kept in “cages” of PVC coated cable, so the containers will not rot. Every few years, the trapped silt can easily then be removed. The rocks will be much less visible than now, since they should be largely covered by water one water is allowed back into the lake.
Obviously, we can not plant trees directly onto the rocks, but maybe we will be able to think of some ways that we can use the new feature as an opportunity. Maybe we need a “Lake Group,” just like we have a “Courtyard Group.” Time for some Collington creativity. Part of the opportunity is to think about how we can apply the emerging goal and value themes of the strategic planning process to an exploration of the lake’s potential — boat trips for staff kids, sustaining our water? Educational programs from our experts? More ideas? It is perfect that our new horticulturalist will be onboard soon and can help us think about the relationship between our values and our landscape resources.