The St. Camillus campus is 14 acres and most of that is comprised of impervious surface - parking lots, building roofs and driveways. Rain falling on these impervious surfaces and hillsides cannot seep back into the ground and runs off into the storm sewers, which flow into the Northwest Branch and then the Potomac River and Chesapeake Bay. The runoff carries pollutants and its volume and speed scours the land causing erosion and flooding.
In an effort to be good stewards of the land, the parish took steps toward reducing stormwater runoff and its effects. During Maryland Day to Serve Week, we implemented a conservation landscaping project to slow the flow of rain runoff and erosion on the hillside running down along the driveway from the church to the main parking lot. The construction of the four sites involved more than 85 volunteers and included the planting of nearly 400 shrubs and plants.
Purple Line Compact - A Roadmap to Fair Development
Please, consider signing the on-line petition www.bit.ly/PurpleCompact to urge the elected officials in Prince George’s and Montgomery counties to protect thousands of financially vulnerable, immigrant working-families from being displaced by a development along the proposed Purple Line. There are serious concerns that in the absence of a robust effort to protect affordable housing, the new development will cause rental prices to rise and a large numbers of vulnerable individuals and families will be ''priced out" of their apartments. Many of them belong Catholic Community of Langley Park. If you want to learn more details our collaborative involvement on this issue, please visit: www.united4commongood.org
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