Sam's Clean Water Story

SamSchoedel_photo1This [past spring] we planted a garden . . . to help reduce [stormwater] runoff to the Bay. The garden will help by sucking up [pollution] and stopping it from going into [our] rivers and eventually into the Bay . . . 

Our final project in science [class this spring] was to research a plant and make a presentation about it for our garden. Our group wanted to do something different, so we did the purple pitcher plant, a carnivorous plant. This plant would help the garden by absorbing runoff and eating pesky insects. The only downside to this plant was the constant pruning and babying that would go into it. Most of the other plants [for our garden] were perennials . . . but didn't have to be pruned constantly.

In the end, our plant was not chosen [for the garden], but it was still fun to [grow], and I enjoyed knowing that we were helping the Bay by planting a garden. [My close friend] David Deaderick said, "Every plant counts." It is very true.

--Sam Schoedel
Fredericksburg, Virginia

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Community   Conservation   Polluted Runoff  




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