For her Gold Award project, Girl Scout Senior Kristine, with support from the South River Federation, worked at Camp Woodlands for a year to build a stormwater control swale. Stormwater runoff was causing two gullies to form along the road into Camp Woodlands. Berms, which are raised barriers, were installed throughout the gullies to slow stormwater runoff and reduce erosion. Berms can reduce the speed of water’s travel and spread its flow to diffuse its pressure on exposed topsoil. These berms will not only defend the South River from receiving large amounts of runoff from the site, but will also help prevent damage to the road leading into Camp Woodlands. In addition, native plants in the landscape will filter out pollutants in stormwater and provide food and habitat for native fauna.
Way to go, Kristine! Check out photos from her project below:
Girl Scout Kristine is only one example of how an ordinary girl can do extraordinary things for her community.
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