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Rain Gardens and Rain Barrels

Learn How to Mitigate Flooding and Utilize Runoff to Your Benefit

Natural Awakenings News: Learn How to Mitigate Flooding and Utilize Runoff to Your Benefit
Rain Garden

On Tuesday, April 13, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. the Clinton River Watershed Council (CRWC), in partnership with Chesterfield Township Public Library, will provide instruction on rain gardens and rain barrels at a free online event. These devices are a type of green infrastructure (GI), which is concerned with landscaping and structures that reduce or alter the characteristics of runoff to be more environmentally friendly.

Rain gardens are shallow depressions that temporarily collect rainwater and allow it to spread slowly underground, filtering out pollutants before it enters storm sewer systems. Rain barrels typically collect water from roofs for later use on lawns. Installing and maintaining these GI tools at home mitigates flooding and utilizes runoff for personal benefit.

The CRWC is a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting, enhancing and celebrating the Clinton River, its watershed and Lake St. Clair. They provide residents, schools, governments, businesses and other community groups with wide-ranging programs and events to ensure a healthy Clinton River Watershed.

The presentation is free and open to any interested adult. RSVP with email address is required to register for this online program. For more information on this and other CRWC events, or to register, visit More Chesterfield Township Library events can be found at

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