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Stormwater workshop

Do you know where the rain-water after a storm goes? Or how this rainwater some-times disappears so fast off our yards, sidewalks, and streets? Before development occurred most rainfall soaked into the ground and contributed to groundwater recharge or was recycled into the atmosphere. Modern drainage systems, which collect runoff from impervious surfaces (roofs and roads), ensure the water is efficiently conveyed to waterways through pipe networks.  This means that even small storms result in increased precipitation from rain or snowmelt flowing over the ground into our local streams and lakes. This is called stormwater runoff.

As stormwater runoff moves over our land it can pick up debris, chemicals, dirt, and other pollutants and deliver it straight to our waterways. Polluted stormwater runoff can have many adverse effects on plants, fish, animals, and people.  There are many things that you can do on your property to de-crease the amount of stormwater runoff you are generating and keep it pollution-free.

To learn more, please join us for a Homeowner Stormwater Workshop on Thursday, March 15, 2012 from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. at the Rockford Community Cabin (220 N Monroe St NE).  A demonstration will also be given on how to build a rain barrel.  You could walk away with a free rain barrel.

If you are interested in attending please contact Nichol De Mol at 231-557-6362 or ndemol@tu.org.




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