Conservation District to Hold ‘Build a Rain Garden’ Course 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 22

Sep 2nd, 2011 | By | Category: General

The Connecticut River Coastal Conservation District, UConn Cooperative Extension System and Town of Old  Saybrook are teaming up to hold a short course on Thursday, Sept. 22, 2011, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Acton Public Library in Old Saybrook.  Participants will first learn about the fundamentals of rain gardens—uses, siting, sizing and design—then gain practical experience by helping to install a demonstration rain garden at the library.  The course is geared for landscapers and other design and maintenance workers, as well as homeowners.

Rain gardens are like traditional garden beds—they add seasonal color and texture, and provide wildlife habitat.  But rain gardens also serve a very special purpose; they help protect our water resources by reducing stormwater runoff, improving water quality, and recharging groundwater.  They are becoming increasingly popular with homeowners, municipalities and businesses trying to reduce the impact of stormwater on their local waterways.  Rain gardens are fun, easy to design and install, and aesthetically pleasing—and they do make a difference in your yard, neighborhood, and local watershed.

For more information and to register for this exciting hands-on course, please phone the Connecticut River Coastal Conservation District at (860) 346-3282.  Registration deadline is Friday, Sept. 16, but don’t wait— space is limited so register today!

The Rain Garden Workshop is cosponsored by the Connecticut River Coastal Conservation District, the Connecticut Nonpoint Education for Municipal Officials (NEMO) Program, and the Old Saybrook Conservation Commission.  Funding is being provided in part by a generous grant from The Rockfall Foundation of Middletown, CT.

The Connecticut River Coastal Conservation District Inc., a nonprofit organization based in Middletown, CT, works to conserve the natural resources of towns in the lower Connecticut River watershed and coastal areas.  For more information about the District visit our website at

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