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Wednesday, May 09, 2012
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Rain Garden presentation

A rain garden is an attractive landscaped area planted with perennial native plants which don?t mind getting wet feet. Built in a bowl shape, a rain garden is designed to increase infiltration allowing rain and snowmelt to seep naturally into the ground. Benefits of rain gardens are multiple: they recharge groundwater supply, prevent water quality problems, provide habitat for birds and butterflies, and are great looking landscapes features.Recent studies have shown that up to 70% of the pollution in our streams, rivers and lakes is carried there by run-off from practices we carry out in our own yards and gardens. Some of the common ?non-point source pollutants? from our yards that end up in our local waterways include soil, fertilizers, pesticides, pet wastes, grass clippings and other yard debris. Planting rain gardens is an effective way to help our communities ?bloom?, as we work to protect the health of our watersheds.Learn about rain gardens and how you can incorporate them into your landscape.For more information, contact:Amy Roskilly, Conservation Education SpecialistCuyahoga Soil and Water Conservation District216/524-6580, ext. 22aroskilly@cuyahogaswcd.orgA rain garden is an attractive landscaped area planted with perennial native plants which don?t mind getting wet feet. Built in a bowl shape, a rain garden is designed to increase infiltration allowing rain and snowmelt to seep naturally into the ground. Benefits of rain gardens are multiple: they recharge groundwater supply, prevent water quality problems, provide habitat for birds and butterflies, and are great looking landscapes features.Recent studies have shown that up to 70% of the pollution in our streams, rivers and lakes is carried there by run-off from practices we carry out in our own yards and gardens. Some of the common ?non-point source pollutants? from our yards that end up in our local waterways include soil, fertilizers, pesticides, pet wastes, grass clippings and other yard debris. Planting rain gardens is an effective way to help our communities ?bloom?, as we work to protect the health of our watersheds.Learn about rain gardens and how you can incorporate them into your landscape.For more information, contact:Amy Roskilly, Conservation Education SpecialistCuyahoga Soil and Water Conservation District216/524-6580, ext. 22aroskilly@cuyahogaswcd.org

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