Saturday, December 06, 2008

Using Rain Gardens to Reduce Runoff

Slow it down, Spread it out, Soak it in!

EPA's Watershed Academy held a Webcast to discuss the benefits of rain gardens on Wednesday, Dec. 3. Many communities across the country are struggling to address impacts from stormwater runoff due to increased development. Green or low impact development practices such as rain gardens can help manage runoff effectively as well as provide aesthetic benefits. Rain gardens can increase property values, add beauty and habitat, reduce a community?s carbon footprint, as well as provide important water quality benefits.

Speakers included the following:
  • Jenny Biddle with EPA's Office of Wetlands, Oceans, and Watersheds 
  • Pamela Rowe, RainScapes Program coordinator with the Montgomery County, Maryland Department of Environmental Protection
  • Lynn Hinkle, founder of ASTRA Communications, Inc. and Goin' Green. 
You can get a PDF copy of the Rain Garden Webcast PowerPoint Presentation at http://www.epa.gov/owow/watershed/wacademy/webcasts/pdf/2008_12_03_slides.pdf

For more information about Low Impact Development techniques, visit http://www.epa.gov/nps/lid/

Source: EPA Waterheadlines

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