1st Street Garage, Farmington
What's one of the simplest, high-impact ways to save water and help protect our watershed? Using a rain barrel.
Lawn and garden watering typically makes up 40% of total summer household water usage, according to the EPA. Plus, the biggest threat to our waters today is polluted runoff water that runs off our roofs and into our streets and alleys, carrying all the oil, sediment and other contaminants that it picks up along the way into our lakes, rivers and streams. For conservation and for pollution prevention, installing a rain barrel to collect and store rainwater for use on your lawn and gardens is a simple but powerful way to make a difference for the Mississippi River and its tributaries. Thanks to Great Lakes Coca-Cola of Eagan, FMR has used syrup containers for participants to turn into rain barrels.
Due to the pandemic, our workshop looks a bit different this year. Register below to reserve your rain barrel and kit. Then, pickup your barrel from our Farmington location on Monday, October 26, from 5-7 pm. Lastly, join us for a virtual workshop as we guide you through assembling your barrel on Wednesday, October 28. If you can't make it to the live workshop, no problem - we'll record it and send out the video to everyone who registers.
The workshop will also include a presentation on how home lawn and garden practices impact our waters and how we can make a difference. Then, we'll discuss the watershed-friendly benefits of rain barrels in more detail, then review how to build, incorporate, install and maintain them.
This event is sold out! To be notified of future water quality or rain barrel workshops contact FMR Volunteer & Outreach Coordinator Sophie Downey, firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Rain Barrels
• Landscape for the River
Thank you to our partners and funders: Great Lakes Coca-Cola of Eagan and the Vermillion River Watershed Joint Powers Organization