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Rainwater Management Series

Instructor: Jim Kleinwachter, The Conservation Foundation

Discover how to manage the rain to your benefit instead of diverting it to sewers and flooding our rivers. You will learn how to calculate the amount of rain that lands on your property and effective methods to capture, infiltrate, and utilize it productively. This series will cover rain barrels, rain gardens and other water harvesting strategies with hands-on practice demonstrations. 

(RWM 1) Class 1:
Determining Water Impact of Your Property

Wednesday, September 18

It is necessary to measure a resource before it can be properly managed. This is the foundational course for this series. This class will begin with a tour of McDonald Farm and all of the rain harvesting measures that are incorporated into the property including rain gardens, rain barrels, IBC tote, and the underground cisterns. In this class we will learn how to calculate the amount of rain that hits our properties and effective ways to capture, infiltrate, and utilize it as well as possible.

(RWM 2) Class 2:
How to Install a Rain Barrel
Wednesday, September 25

Rain Barrels are a simple, efficient, low-cost method for homeowners to collect and recycle water. All the details including different types and installation techniques, as well as hands on demonstrations will be provided in this class. We will also discuss underground cisterns and their applications and benefits. Rain barrels will also be available for purchase for $75 along with the necessary accessories. 

(RWM 3) Class 3:
How to Build a Rain Garden
Wednesday, October 2

Rain gardens utilize the rain to water plants – virtually eliminating the need to water again. During this course you will learn how to choose drought tolerant plants and native plants that will bring pollinators to your yard and create habitat for birds and butterflies, all with no need for supplemental feeding or watering. You will learn why native plants are the most sustainable plants and how to integrate them into plantings to solve yard problems. We will build a rain garden in class!

Cost: $75 Full Series, $30 each


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