What we do in our own yards has a huge impact on our rivers and lakes, and every conservation practice is multiplied many times over in results to save our environment.
Nutrient loading and the resultant Harmful Algae Blooms (HABs) are posing a major threat to the water quality in Ohio’s streams and lakes, especially Lake Erie. Much of this nutrient loading occurs in suburban and urban areas due to the unrestrained use of fertilizers, other unhealthy landscaping practices, and increased runoff over impervious surfaces.
One approach geared toward solving this problem is to give our Northeastern Ohio residents access to practical “down to earth” educational materials that will increase environmental awareness, while providing them with the tools and skills they need to practice healthy landscaping habits. What we do in our own yards has a huge impact on our rivers and lakes, and every conservation practice is multiplied many times over in results to save our environment.
One healthy watershed practice is to prevent water runoff. Rain Barrels provide a way to collect rain water that can be used in gardens. The barrels are large containers that connected to downspouts to collect water from rooftops. This workshop, geared to homeowners, will share the many benefits of rain harvesting as well as demonstration on how to install a rain barrel.
Speakers include Sandy Barbic, Summit Soil & Water Conservation District and Kyle Lukes, a landscape architect at Environmental Design Group
This event is co-sponsored by the Crown Point Ecology Center, Catholic Commission of Summit County, and the Care for Creation Workin Group, Diocese of Cleveland.