. The commons was an idea, descended from English custom. It was a common grazing ground near a village, where everyone could graze their cow. Early Boston had one.
The Boston Commons today
As the environmental movement ramped up in the 1960s, Garrett Hardin wrote an influential article, The Tragedy of the Commons. He described the process, at work in many places of public ownership, where lack of regulation leads to environmental abuse.
An inexpensive way to obtain plants in spring is to search on Craigslist. Put the search term "plants" into the box, under the "for sale, farm & garden" categories. Sometimes there are free plant exchanges. If you don't have a plant to exchange, you can contribute snacks instead.
You can make a big contribution to safety, lake quality, and neighborhood beauty in only one hour!
Runoff flowing down sidewalk and into the street
Sidewalks are an important link in the health of our lakes. In many places, runoff from storms is channeled down sidewalks, and then into the street. From there, the water washes nutrients and pollution down the stormsewer and into the lakes.
Instead, you can trap the rain and nutrients and use them to grow flowers! By placing a garden next to the sidewalk, you don't have to water your garden.
Take a Stake in the Lakedays are coming up in June. The Friends of Lake Wingra are developing a sign to promote watershed awareness. We need your ideas!
Why watershed awareness? To solve problems of stormwater control and lake quality, it's helpful to think big, in terms of the whole watershed. That's why Friends of Lake Wingra is working with the City to develop a management plan for the Lake Wingra watershed. A sign will help promote the watershed perspective.
Walt Kelly, father of Pogo the Possum cartoons, designed a poster for the first Earth Day. The Pogo cartoon above is more appropriate for watersheds--but we need something without an alligator!
Ideas for a better slogan? Do some kids want to try some art or cartoons--on the theme above, or something else entirely? If you have something to contribute, call David Thompson at 233-9589.
Pop quiz !
Which lake does the runoff from your driveway run to?
Can you describe the rough boundaries of the Lake Wingra watershed?
A volunteer cleanup of local lakes and streams will be held on June 9th (Lakes Mendota and Kegonsa) and 16th (Lakes Monona, Waubesa and Wingra), although volunteers can join in the fun anytime June 1-17.
A community of citizens, friends and professionals making connections to learn how to live more sustainably and network with businesses, organizations and individuals who desire to make a greater impact on our community. This group is designed to have fun, share great ideas, and meet compassionate people interested in environmental initiatives, humanitarian efforts, and living a more sustainable lifestyle. A great opportunity to find green businesses, get involved, or just socialize. Make a difference and join today!
At this meeting, 2 EnAct teams will be formed. They will meet over the next few months to discuss the book EnAct: Steps to Greener Living.
Download the book here
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