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Texas floating wetland planting

We’ve got a second video on the floating wetlands project, just released by the Communications Department at Texas A&M AgriLife Extension.

All our projects should get such great media coverage! Enjoy.




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Recently I had the opportunity to tell 115 young people about what  is most important to me in my work to support water quality and wetlands. The kids and their teachers had insightful questions. One of them was: What can kids do to make sure the water is healthy for us and the animals that depend on it? (more…)

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A video about the floating wetlands project at Clear Creek I.S.D’s Education Village in League City arrived today! See it now.

It shows very well what enthusiasm the students, teachers, and volunteers have for developing a natural environment on campus, especially if it means trying something really new–like floating wetlands. The video was created by Kirk Swann, Janice Scott, and the folks in the CCISD Office of Communications. Thanks ya’ll!

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Signs of an invasion were everywhere on a recent visit to the floating wetland islands at the Education Village. Plants had been devoured from the floating wetlands like they were buffet tables at SouperSalad. The students’ plantings along the shores of the stormwater pond were also missing. All around were footprints and scat from the prime suspect: nutria.

nutria composite


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Green roofs are popping up all around the country.  The benefits of these roof top gardens are widely recognized: turning an impervious surface into a pervious one; reducing energy costs; improving air quality; reducing the urban heat island effect; the list goes on.  Despite the need for additional engineering work and sometimes added upfront building costs, this best management practice is really catching on.  Cities like Chicago have hundreds of green roofs, and even small communities like Webster and Friendswood Texas can brag about a green roof in their town.

As the idea of roof top gardens spreads, new ideas continue to pop up.  One of the coolest in my opinion is making the roof top into an actual garden; an edible garden; growing food on your roof.

All of the folks that I can find who have created roof top vegetable gardens are using commercial spaces or multi-family dwellings.  Mostly because they are larger, typically have flat roofs and more accessible.  They also offer opportunities for gardening in urban areas where real estate is at a premium and on the ground space is difficult to come by, it’s the idea of growing up, not out, applied to gardens.

Click on the photos below to check out some  projects where roofs are producing food and improving water quality, not just keeping us warm and dry.

  HigherGroundFarm Higher Ground Farm boasts of being Boston’s first rooftop farm


The Botanical Research Institute of Texas has a more traditional green roof but harvested prickly pear fruit to make jelly


Eagle Street Rooftop Farm in Brooklyn


Royal York Hotel Rooftop Garden in Toronto has taken the local food movement to heart

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