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Reduce Your Runoff Footprint: Rain Barrel Workshop Set for April 6

March 06, 2016

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, rain barrels save an average homeowner about 1,300 gallons of water during the peak summer months. Rain barrels can help capture some of that water — saving residents money and helping us all become better stewards of the environment.

The Cuyahoga County Soil and Water Conservation District and the city of Lakewood are hosting a rain barrel workshop at the Women’s Pavilion at Lakewood Park at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 6.

The workshop is designed to teach residents how to harvest rainwater for gardening and combatting storm water pollution.

Rain barrels are containers used to collect and store rainwater that would otherwise be lost to runoff and likely diverted to a storm drain. Collected water may then be used to water lawns and gardens.

“There are many ways that residents can be better stewards of the environment,” said city engineer Mark Papke. “These rain barrels are just one very effective and affordable avenue for residents to make an impact.”

A $60 fee includes instruction and all materials, including a 55-gallon barrel and a downspout diverter. With a large crowd expected, residents are required to register for the seminar, by calling the Cuyahoga County Soil and Water Conservation District at 216-524-6580, or registering online at www.cuyahogaswcd.or/events.

Registration is required by April 1.

For more information — or to register directly — call Rocky River Watershed Coordinator Jared Bartley at 216-524-6580, ext. 14, or check out the Clean Water Lakewood webpage.