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March 21, 2013

[ADEQ Watershed] Spring Rain Garden Academy

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When: Friday, April 12, 2013

Time: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Registration/Check-in at 8:30 a.m.)

Where: Beaver Water District, 301 N Primrose Rd  Lowell, AR 72745

Contact: Becky Roark   (479) 215-6623         beckyroark@irwp.org

If you are interested in building a rain garden but aren’t sure how to go about it, then you will want to attend the Rain Garden Academy hosted by Beaver Water District and the Illinois River Watershed Partnership from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, April 12th, at the Beaver Water District’s Administration Center & Water Education Center, 301 N. Primrose Road, near Lowell.

The academy will offer valuable resource materials including a Low Impact Development Manual, a tour of rain gardens and lunch! The cost is $25 per person and $15 for students. The class is limited to 50 people and pre-registration is required. Participants may register on line at http://www.irwp.org

Individuals affiliated with public and quasi-public institutions, including schools and churches, that are interested in applying for the Rain Garden Project Mini-Grant are encouraged to attend http://www.irwp.org/

The workshop is designed for homeowners, commercial developers, gardeners, nursery owners, landscapers and personnel who work for city, state, and county government, parks departments and anyone who wants to know more about rain gardens or connect with others who want to build and maintain rain gardens in the area.

Rain gardens keep rain where it falls so that nature has a chance to filter pollutants from storm runoff. Additionally, they provide habitat for wildlife and are low maintenance and easy to manage, once they are established. Oftentimes, a rain garden performs better than a standard lawn when it comes to absorbing stormwater runoff.

The Rain Garden Project began on July 1, 2011, when the Arkansas Natural Resources Commission (ANRC) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) awarded two grants totaling $350,000 to build rain gardens to improve water quality.

The Illinois River Watershed Partnership is a diverse group of men and women who work to improve the water quality of the Illinois River. Visit  http://www.irwp.org/ to learn more.

Beaver Water District supplies drinking water to more than 300,000 people and industries in Fayetteville, Springdale, Rogers, Bentonville and surrounding areas. Visit http://www.bwdh2o.org/.

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