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Rain Garden Workshop 9/19

  • Subject: [cg] Rain Garden Workshop 9/19
  • From: Elizabeth Storey estorey@fmr.org
  • Date: Wed, 23 Aug 2006 12:35:21 -0500

PUTTING DOWN ROOTS: RAIN GARDENS IN RESIDENTIAL SETTINGS

Tuesday, September 19, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
East Side Neighborhood Development Corporation, 925 Payne Avenue, Suite 201, St. Paul

Join Friends of the Mississippi River (FMR) for this two-part rain garden workshop featuring Landscape Restoration Ecologist Gregg Thompson of the Association of Metropolitan Soil and Water Conservation Districts. Mr. Thompson is experienced in the areas of landscape ecology, horticulture and native landscape design. He is involved in native plant community restoration, native re-vegetation, stormwater treatment practices using native vegetation and bio-stabilization on shorelands and streambanks.

Many people do not realize that rain carries pollutants from our yards, streets, sidewalks and parking lots to the nearest storm drain, which leads directly to local lakes, streams and ultimately the Mississippi River. Rain gardens are designed with a center depression to help rainwater seep into the soil. This infiltration helps recharge groundwater supply and protects water quality by reducing polluted runoff in the urban landscape. Rain gardens can also feature hardy native plant species that thrive without fertilizers and pesticides.

This program will describe what a rainwater garden is, how to build one and why they can be important for our lakes, rivers and wetlands. The workshop will feature a "how to" approach, giving participants information about where a rainwater garden should be placed, soil preparation, plant selection and other nuances of rainwater garden construction.

The workshop is free of charge and pre-registration is required. Contact Elizabeth at Friends of the Mississippi River, 651-222-2193 x16 or estorey@fmr.org.

Funding for this workshop is provided by the City of Saint Paul Department of Public Works Water Quality Education Project and the Association of Metropolitan Soil and Water Conservation Districts.

Friends of the Mississippi River is a leading citizen organization working to protect and enhance the Mississippi River and its watershed in the Twin Cities area. FMR strives to create positive changes that improve water quality, provide habitat for wildlife, create educational and recreational opportunities, and inspire widespread commitment to this natural wonder that flows through our community.
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Elizabeth Storey
River Stewardship Coordinator

Friends of the Mississippi River
360 North Robert Street
Saint Paul, MN 55101

Phone: 651/ 222-2193 ext. 16
Fax: 651/ 222-6005

For the latest updates on FMR events and programs, visit us on the web at http://www.fmr.org



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