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We are working with the City of League City on a very exciting and ground breaking project, the Ghiardi WaterSmart Park.  This Park is currently under construction on Louisiana Avenue in League City, Galveston County, Texas. Scheduled for completion next month, this space is much more than just a park.  The 3.75 acre neighborhood space has a pavilion, walking trails and a playground.  It also has special features including rain gardens, a cistern to collect rain water for irrigation, a green roof on the pavilion and WaterSmart landscapes.  The park is also home to the 100+ year old Ghirardi Oak tree that was relocated during the reconstruction of Louisiana Avenue in 2012.

P1010092 - CopyCrew moving the 100+ year old Ghirardi oak tree.

The Ghirardi WaterSmart Park design is based on the three principles of WaterSmart Landscapes: water conservation, water quality and habitat for wildlife.  These three elements are integrated with typical park features to create a unique and water conserving park. (more…)

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We are moving closer to installing floating wetland islands in what may be the first such project at a school in Texas, and one of the first public installations anywhere in the state. The floating wetlands will be in the storm water detention basin (aka “the pond”) of the Education Village campus in League City TX, part of the Clear Creek Independent School District (CCISD).

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Left: Floating wetland islands in Canada. Source: Biohavens International. Right: A pilot project in Baltimore Harbor. Source: Waterfront Partnership of Baltimore.

What is a floating wetland? It’s a small buoyant man-made island that grows wetland plants. CCISD’s islands will be made of a dense mesh of recycled plastic fibers produced by Martin Ecosystems. These floating wetlands have plant, soil and root interactions similar to a natural wetland and provide surfaces for colonies of beneficial water-cleaning microorganisms. (more…)

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Last month I shared about the connection between septic systems and degraded water quality.  I wanted to follow up with some simple this you should and should not do to keep your septic system in good working order.



  • Have your septic tank pumped every 3-5 years
  • Keep a map of where you septic system is located
  • Divert roof drains and surface runoff away from your septic system, excess water can overwhelm your system and cause backups into your home
  •  Use your garbage disposal sparingly, excess solids sit in your tank an increase the frequency of pumping


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Dickinson Bayou, like many of our coastal streams and bayous, is listed as impaired by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality for having high levels of bacteria.  This short video is about the issues facing Dickinson Bayou, especially from malfunctioning septic systems, but really the story is the same for many other water bodies.

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Lisa Stiffler compiles a long list of rain garden studies in a recent blog post and explains in plain English the benefits of a rain garden in removing pollutants from stormwater runoff.  Check out “Are Rain Gardens Mini Toxic Cleanup Sites” for a great overview of rain garden research.

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