Contact: Michael Globetti, DNREC Public Affairs, 302-739-9902
Registration open for Oct. 24 rain garden
workshop for professional landscapers
DOVER, (Oct. 12, 2012) – Rain gardens are sprouting up throughout Delaware – courtesy of the “Rain Gardens for the Bays” campaign that encourages citizens to create rain gardens where they work, live and play. On Wednesday, Oct. 24, campaign partners will host a one-day workshop for landscape professionals to learn about rain garden installation in Delaware.
A rain garden is a garden located in a shallow depression near a runoff source – a downspout, driveway or paved surface – with soil that drains quickly and cultivated with deep-rooted native plants and grasses that naturally absorb water and filter pollutants.
Rain gardens are sustainable, affordable and particularly effective in capturing rain water, preventing flooding, creating habitat for local wildlife, and reducing up to 80 percent of pollutants in stormwater runoff. According to the Center for Watershed Protection, typically about 30 percent more water from a rain soaks into the ground in a rain garden than in the same size area of lawn.
There is a growing interest in rain gardens, and a need for contractors who are qualified and experienced in installing them. Many of our communities were developed prior to our current stormwater requirements, and in many of those communities rain gardens can be helpful in keeping stormwater off of our streets and out of our rivers and bays.
At this training, participants will learn about rain garden site selection, soil evaluation, native plant selection, installation and maintenance. In addition, participants will engage in a rain garden design exercise and visit an on-site rain garden currently under construction, providing a firsthand look at the rain garden construction sequence and materials. All registered attendees receive a Rain Garden Manual that is included with registration.
Registration is required for this event. To register, please visit the Delaware Center for the Inland Bays website at www.inlandbays.org. Registration forms may be submitted online or printed and mailed to the Center for the Inland Bays, 39375 Inlet Rd, Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971. The cost of this workshop is $25 per person which includes the Rain Garden Manual, refreshments, and lunch. For businesses who would like to send more than one person to the workshop, there is a charge of $25 for the first person and a discounted rate of $15 for each additional person.
This training is a partnership of the Delaware Center for the Inland Bays, the DE Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC), and University of Delaware Sustainable Coastal Communities Initiative. Funding was provided by the DNREC through the EPA Clean Water Act, Section 319 Nonpoint Source Program and the University of Delaware Sustainable Coastal Communities Initiative.
The “Rain Gardens for the Bays” campaign includes the following partners: Partnership for the Delaware Estuary; Center for the Inland Bays; Maryland Coastal Bays; U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 3; Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control; Sussex County Conservation District; University of Delaware Cooperative Extension Service; University of Delaware Sea Grant program; Delaware Nature Society; Delaware Nursery and Landscape Association; Town of Ocean City, Md.; Assateague Coastal Trust; and Grow Berlin Green (City of Berlin, Md.). Visit the Rain Gardens for the Bays website, www.raingardensforthebays.org for more information.
Other demonstration rain gardens are located at: the University of Delaware’s College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment campus in Lewes; the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service building in Dover; the St. Jones Reserve, a component of the Delaware National Estuarine Research Reserve, near Dover; the Germantown and Rosewald School in Berlin, Md.; and the Delaware Agricultural Museum in Dover.
For more information, contact Lara Allison, DNREC Division of Watershed Stewardship, 302-739-9922 or Lara.Allison@state.de.us or Sally Boswell, DE Center for the Inland Bays, 302-226-8105 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Vol. 42, No. 398