Written by the Lake Braddock Secondary School’s Going Green Club
On April 24th, 2018, Lake Braddock Secondary School’s Going Green Club will be hosting an event in honor of Earth Day. The event will last the entire school day and continue after school from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM. The goal of this project is to plant native plants to restore the permeability of a dry pond that was created to control stormwater runoff.
The Going Green Club will be partnering with Fairfax County Department of Public Works and the Fairfax County Park Authority because they own the land that the project will be taking place on. They will also be providing the resources needed to execute this project.
This project will help the absorption of runoff water in the Lake Braddock parking lot. The roots of the native plants will break up the currently impervious soil which helps to soak up more water and filter the water that is being absorbed into the ground.
On the day of the event, there will be a rotation of over 300 students, both middle and high school, who will be planting the native plants as well as learning good park stewardship at an educational station. Lake Braddock is the first secondary school to do such a project. This project will not only help with water runoff but will also make Lake Braddock’s campus more beautiful.