Archive for the ‘Uncategorized’ CategoryJune 22, 2011
Have you visited the Des Moines Botanical and Environmental Center lately? This is the perfect time to enjoy all of the outdoor gardens at the Center.
Approximately 13,000 annuals were recently planted on the grounds, and many enhancements have been made.
The perennial gardens that were planted along the entrance sidewalks are in their second year and are looking spectacular. The last two year’s weather has really pushed these plants to mature size and bloom levels.
A popular spot for weddings, the gazebo has been adorned with a couple new flowerbeds. Last year a large donated collection of Bearded Iris, Siberian Iris, Daylily, and Asiatic Lilies was added, and that area has been full of color since March and should continue until frost. Numerous varieties of annuals were planted in the area in front of the gazebo, formally known as the herb garden, to add more color. The new and improved herb garden was moved to the east side of the building and replanted by the Des Moines Herb Society.
Finally, the Buck Rose collection has been expanded and now contains 80+ varieties, making the Botanical Center the site of one of the largest collections of these roses in the nation. (The late Dr. Griffith Buck developed the hardy, fragrant roses at Iowa State University.)
Written and illustrated by Mrs. Reha’s students at East Elementary School, the story begins with “Once upon a time, there were very healthy animals in a nice clean river.” As the story unfolds, some of the fish get sick from trash and pollutants in the river, so they swim to the surface and pretend to be dead, in the hopes that someone will notice and take corrective action. “A Water Works person was testing water from the river when he saw the fish floating. He wondered how the fish died.” The problem was investigated and the story concludes after the pollution and trash has been removed, and the animals once again happily enjoy the clean river, their home.
Bobbi Young, a Customer Service employee and member of DMWW’s Education and Green Teams, attended the first graders’ book dedication ceremony on May 20, 2011, and accepted a copy of the book, which was autographed by the students.
For many years DMWW has focused on educating children, its future consumers. Eleven years ago the water utility joined with Metro Waste Authority, City of Des Moines Storm Water Utility, and Wastewater Reclamation Authority to form the Urban Environmental Partnership. The partnership is committed to educating the public and employees about water treatment, watershedprotection, and pollution prevention in the urban environment. Sixteen environmental education programs are offered for pre-K through 8th grade students.
For more information about water education, check our website, www.dmww.com, and click on “Water Education” or contact our Education Specialist at (515) 283-8753 or email@example.com.
- Take a tour of your garden to see which plants have survived over the winter months. Replacement plants may be needed for those that did not survive.
- Divide perennials that are becoming overgrown from the previous year. Daylilies, hostas and perennial grasses are a few that grow very aggressively.
- Prune back spent blooms on any bulbs including daffodils, hyacinths, tulips, etc. As the plant’s foliage begins to yellow and brown, it can be cut off and removed from the plant.
- Add a layer of 2-4” of mulch in perennial beds, around shrubs, and trees. A thick layer of mulch protects the plant by keeping the roots cool, blocking weeds, and keeping moisture around the plant.
- Make sure to take time for plant shopping this month. Greenhouses are loaded with beautiful annuals and perennials. Don’t forget to wait until the frost free date of May 10 for planting most annuals.
- Containers and pots can be designed with various combinations of annuals and perennials.
- Till the vegetable garden plots and begin planting summer crops including tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, etc. after May 10 as well.
- And lastly, WEED, WEED, WEED! Get an early start on weeding. Weeds are growing just as quickly as the flowers in your garden.
In celebration of National Drinking Water Week, on May 3 the Des Moines Water Works Board of Trustees and staff hosted Des Moines and metro area community leaders at an official start-up of the new water treatment facility located on NW 26th Street.
DMWW’s third treatment plant was commissioned in response to the growing water demand in the northern portion of the Des Moines metropolitan area. The treatment process at the new facility utilizes membrane technology to soften and purify the finished water. This is DMWW’s first membrane treatment plant and the largest such facility in Iowa. The plant will have an initial capacity of 10 million gallons per day (mgd) and can be expanded to 20 mgd.
DMWW values our partnership with the following communities who have purchased capacity and invested in DMWW’s Core Network, which includes the newly commissioned Saylorville Water Treatment Plant.
- Pleasant Hill
- Polk City
- Polk County Water District #1
- Urbandale Water Utility
- Warren Rural Water
- West Des Moines Water Works
- Xenia Rural Water