Trees Forever's Stewards of Our Water Program Offers Free Training in Water Quality Practices
Experts will teach about improving the health of the Vermilion River watershed
PONTIAC, IL (Sept. 4) - Residents of Pontiac, Livingston County, and surrounding counties are invited to find out how to improve water quality in the Vermilion River watershed.
Stewards of Our Water is a free program by Trees Forever that will teach participants about rain gardens and other conservation practices.
"This is a great opportunity to find out what causes water pollution and the steps people can take to improve the watershed," said Debbie Fluegel, field coordinator and program manager for the Trees Forever office in Tremont.
Besides rain gardens, participants will learn about bioretention cells, bioswales, riparian buffers and other plantings that use native vegetation to reduce runoff and filter pollutants. At the final workshop, participants will take part in a planting project.
Through classroom and hands-on instruction, Trees Forever professionals and guest speakers will teach about:
* Water quality issues in the watershed and how they impact drinking water and the environment;
* Best management practices used in water quality plans in both urban and rural areas;
* Resources available to landowners and homeowners who want to implement these practices.
What: Stewards of Our Water
When: Thursday, Sept.19, 6-9 p.m.; Thursday, Oct. 3, 6-9 p.m.; Thursday, Oct. 17, 6-9 p.m.
Where: Pontiac City Hall, 115 W. Howard St., Pontiac, IL
Other: Light refreshments will be provided. No prior experience or knowledge of water quality issues is necessary, but participants are encouraged to commit to actively participate and to attend all three classes.
There is no registration fee, but space is limited. The deadline to register is Sept. 13.
Register online at www.treesforever.org or by phone at (800) 369-1269, ext. 112.
For more information, contact Debbie Fluegel, (309) 613-0095, or email@example.com
This course is possible thanks to support from Illinois American Water and partnerships with the Livingston County Soil and Water Conservation District and the Livingston County Environmental Association.
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Trees Forever is a nonprofit organization based in Marion, IA committed to planting trees, encouraging community involvement and stewardship, and caring for the environment. Programs focus on improving air and water quality, increasing wildlife habitat, providing substantial energy savings and beautifying our landscape. For more information visit www.treesforever.org or call (800) 369-1269.