Rain Barrel Workshops
Rain barrels are used by homeowners to collect rainwater for gardening while decreasing stormwater runoff from their property. A rain barrel is a system that collects and stores rainwater from your roof that would otherwise be lost through diversion to storm drains and streams. Usually a rain barrel is composed of a 55 gallon drum, a vinyl hose, PVC couplings, a screen grate to keep debris and insects out, and other off-the-shelf items. A rain barrel is relatively simple and inexpensive to construct and can sit conveniently under any residential gutter down spout. If your group would like to make rain barrels, a workshop can be scheduled for groups of 25 or less with a minimal per person fee for materials. Click this link to get instructions for building your own rain barrel: Rain Barrel Construction Directions.
Rain Garden Workshops
Rain gardens are a popular and attractive method for property owners to decrease the impact of runoff from impervious surfaces from their property. Your group can learn the basics of rain garden design, function, plant choice and installation. When completed, the rain garden will not only beautify the grounds but will soak up and treat pollutants in stormwater runoff which would otherwise end up in storm drains and eventually in our valuable waterways.
To schedule a workshop or learn more about rain barrels or rain gardens contact the Environmental Coordinator at (803) 785-8201.