Wednesday, November 14, 2012 — 6:30-8:30 pm
Minnesota Humanities Center (near Lake Phalen), St. Paul
Learn what you can do to make your yard watershed-friendly and bring home your own ready-to-go rain barrel.
Did you know that, according to the EPA, lawn and garden watering make up nearly
40% of total household water use during the summer ? Or
that the biggest threat to our waters today is polluted runoff — water that
runs off our roofs and into our streets and alleys, carrying oil, sediment and
other contaminants into our lakes, rivers and streams?
But there is one simple way to save water, save money, and
help protect our watershed: use a rain barrel to collect and store rainwater
for use on your lawn and gardens.
Coca-Cola Refreshments in Eagan, Minnesota has provided FMR with 25 used
55-gallon syrup containers. During the course of this workshop,
participants will be provided with the necessary parts ($30 per kit) and
guided through the process of converting these containers to rain
The workshop will begin with a presentation on the many ways in which
home lawn and garden practices impact the health of our waters and what
we can do to make a difference. We’ll discuss the watershed-friendly
benefits of rain barrels, how to build them, and how to incorporate
them into your yard, including installation, maintenance and safety.
With guidance from FMR and Coca-Cola staff, participants will then build
a rain barrel to take home.
Ready to register?
The registration fee is $30 which includes the barrel and installation kit.
The barrels are 55-gallon containers that are white but paintable. The
conversion kit uses a diverter system that eliminates the need to cut
gutter downspouts or install over-flow valves, and eliminates potential
for mosquito breeding.
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Thank you program partners the City of Saint Paul, Capitol Region Watershed District, BlueThumb and Coca-Cola Refreshments in Eagan.
Preregistration and advance purchase of materials is required, see above.