Here’s a “green initiative” you probably haven’t thought of. Lighten the load on our storm sewer system and redirect your rainwater runoff into a rain garden.
The City of Columbus in association with the Central Ohio Rain Garden Initiative is conducting a Workshop and Training at the Department of Transportation, 1980 W. Broad Street this month. The homeowner training will be Tuesday, October 21, 2008. Go to Franklin County Soil and Water Conservation District website for more information.
A rain garden will keep your plants and trees healthier, return rainwater to the local aquifer instead of carrying it off miles away from you, reduce the need for sprinkling, and as a bonus provide new visual appeal in your yard as well as a nice natural area that will attract wildlife-the good kind.
There are two sessions for homeowners. The morning session (8:00 am – 12:00 pm) will introduce you to the purpose, design, function and implementation of rain gardens. Breakfast and lunch are both included. Cost: $30.
The afternoon session (1:00 pm – 4:30 pm) is a hands-on workshop participating in an installation at the ODOT site. Cost $20.