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Maryland Day to Serve

The St. Camillus campus is 14 acres and most of that is comprised of impervious surface - parking lots, building roofs and driveways.  Rain falling on these impervious surfaces and hillsides cannot seep back into the ground and runs off into the storm sewers, which flow into the Northwest Branch and then the Potomac River and Chesapeake Bay.  The runoff carries pollutants and its volume and speed scours the land causing erosion and flooding.

In an effort to be good stewards of the land, each September the parish takes steps toward reducing stormwater runoff and its effects.  During Maryland Day to Serve Saturday, we will implement conservation landscaping projects to slow the flow of rain runoff and erosion on the hillside running down along the driveway from the school to the main parking lot.   In 2015 the construction of the three sites involved more than 50 volunteers and included the planting of  nearly 400 shrubs and plants.  New projects are announced each August and new volunteers recruited.



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