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Rain Barrel Workshop at Morley Park

This photo was taken at a rain barrel workshop in Rockford.  Cedar Springs residents now have a chance to make their own.

This photo was taken at a rain barrel workshop in Rockford.
Cedar Springs residents now have a chance to make their own.

Would you like to save money by reducing your water bill? Would you like to help protect the Great Lakes by something you can do at home? Then don’t miss out on Cedar Springs’ first ever rain barrel workshop, September 11, at 6 p.m. at Morley Park.

Trout Unlimited has been conducting rain barrel workshops in the Rogue River watershed since 2013, successfully distributing 131 barrels to the local community. Trout Unlimited’s Rogue River Home Rivers Initiative is teaming up with the Cedar Springs Community Building Development Team and the West Michigan Environmental Action Council to host an outdoor rain barrel workshop for the citizens of Cedar Springs and everyone who would like to save water at home.

A rain barrel is a system that collects and stores stormwater (the leading source of water pollution in West Michigan) from your roof that would otherwise enter the storm drains and empty directly into local waterways untreated. The average rain barrel will keep 1,815 gallons of stormwater out of our lakes and rivers each year. Saving water not only helps protect the environment, it saves you money and energy. A rain barrel collects water and stores it for when you need it most—during periods of drought—to water plants, your garden, or wash your car. Additionally, rainwater is naturally soft and devoid of minerals, chlorine and other chemicals found in city water, so it is a better alternative for your plants.

The workshop will be held on Friday, September 11, at 6:00 p.m. at Morley Park (17 Mile and Northland Drive). The workshop includes everything you need to set up your barrel and takes around 45 minutes. Rain barrels are $30 a piece and you must sign-up for a workshop at rainbarrels.wmeac.org.

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