Over the past year, the Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association has been searching for a resident in their watershed to become the face of River-Friendly living. The Resident of the Year competition was open to residents in the Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed that were already certified by the organization and required those interested to submit a narrative about their at-home actions. Essentially, what are you doing to manage stormwater, provide wildlife habitat, conserve water, and spread the message to others? While we had many entries, including our very own dedicated volunteer naturalist and stewardship expert Christian Berry, it was clear that the Bean Family was making a lot of changes to their property that we couldn’t let go unnoticed.
Before & After
One of these major changes includes a 1-acre native meadow planting in the stormwater detention basin behind their house; what used to be a mowed basin with no ecological value has become a haven for pollinators! This is a perfect demonstration of a project that can be replicated by all types of landowners. The Bean’s had help and support from Friends of Hopewell Valley Open Space (FoHVOS) Stewardship Director Michael Van Clef and David Hughes of Weatherwood Design.
They continued their efforts by recently installing a rain garden to capture stormwater runoff from their driveway!
We awarded Mark, Samantha, and Emma at our 2017 Watershed Annual Meeting on April 24th
FoHVOS highlighted the Bean’s property as part of their Private Land Stewardship house tour last summer and is doing so again this summer on Saturday, June 24th. This will be a great opportunity for other residents to see what the fuss is about, plus a chance to talk with the Bean’s, Mike Van Clef, and David Hughes! Register here.