Trees Forever and volunteers to plant rain garden as part of Stewards of Our Water program
PONTIAC, IL (Oct. 10) - Volunteers will learn how to plant a rain garden and the water quality benefits of this conservation practice during a free session in Chautauqua Park.
The event will be 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17, at the park at 100 E. Park St., in Pontiac. Volunteers are encouraged to bring trowels and shovels to use for planting.
"Rain gardens are an effective way for landowners and homeowners to help reduce runoff and improve water quality," said Debbie Fluegel, field coordinator and program manager for the Trees Forever office in Tremont. "This will be a hands-on event to learn about one of the steps people can take to help the watershed and the environment."
The workshop is the final of three in the Stewards of Our Water series, with support from Illinois American Water. The series was designed to call attention to water quality issues in the Vermilion River watershed and to help residents of Pontiac and Livingston County understand best management practices to improve the water in both urban and rural areas.
Besides rain gardens, participants also learned about bioretention cells, bioswales, riparian buffers and other plantings that use native vegetation to reduce runoff and filter pollutants.
Fluegel noted that rain gardens are landscaped depressions that capture rainwater runoff from roofs, streets, driveways and compacted yards. Runoff captured in a rain garden is temporarily ponded, before percolating down through the soil.
"Rain gardens help reduce runoff and help protect water quality," she said. "They are an attractive landscape feature that provides significant environmental benefits."
Register online for the event at www.treesforever.org or by phone at 800-369-1269, Ext. 112.
For more information, contact Debbie Fluegel, (309) 613-0095, or firstname.lastname@example.org
This course is possible thanks to support from Illinois American Water's environmental grant program 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.
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