Learn how to design a garden with native plants that is beautiful and improves water quality, prevents erosion, reduces flooding, saves water, and provides habitat.
Wednesday, May 8th
Portage District Library--Austin Room
300 Library Lane
Portage, MI 49024
Convenient, free parking available.
Michigan is fortunate to have an abundance of high quality lakes and streams that everyone can benefit from for swimming, boating, fishing, drinking water or simply enjoying. When rainwater falls on a natural site, the vegetation and soils absorb and collect it. When rainwater falls on a manmade surface like a parking lot or rooftop, it quickly runs off of it into storm drains and drainage ditches.
While proper drainage is needed to protect your home from water damage, the water picks up fertilizer, sediment, pesticides, and other pollutants, rapidly carrying them into waterways as it runs off of your property. Eventually, these waterways connect to lakes, streams, wetlands, rivers, and other bodies of water that can be harmed by these pollutants.
Water quality in the lakes and streams in your area can be improved by incorporating simple landscape features designed to collect and treat run-off water, like rain gardens and buffers. Join us to find out more!
From Landscaping for Water Quality, 3rd Edition, July 2012, produced by the Van Buren Conservation District.
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