The Hub Farm-Durham Public Schools

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The Hub Farm is part of the Durham Public Schools system. The Hub is a 30-acre property that offers staff and students a chance to explore nature, grow food, and take part in a variety of hands-on learning experiences. We recently visited The Hub and will be becoming more involved with the project in the coming months.  Walking the grounds, we found gardens in which students are involved in growing and harvesting the food. There was also a wash station … Read More

Water Quality Impacts of Winter Weather

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Snow and Salt Effects on Water Quality Winter weather can have big impacts on water quality. Snow melt and road salt are two main areas of concern. While it is important to be safe, be mindful of the amount of salt that you use. Remember that it has negative environmental impacts and that it’s best to use just enough to be effective without dumping a whole bag! Salt: What happens after the salt melts the ice? There are a variety … Read More

Solar Aeration-Dragonfly Pond Works

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What is aeration? Aeration just means “adding air” to the water Since air contains oxygen, aeration also adds oxygen to the water Why is this important? Many ponds are unable to maintain the necessary oxygen levels due to their depth. This can lead to fish kills and harm the survival of other wildlife that help to maintain the health of the pond and keep it clean. When the animals are not able to survive and clean the pond, pollutants build … Read More