by Dan Carney
The rain may be tapering off for the year, but the Salmon Protection and Watershed Network (SPAWN) and MMWD are promoting rainwater harvesting with a storm of activities. The newly launched “10,000 Rain Gardens Project” offers MMWD customers expert advice, hands-on workshops and a wealth of information. Rainwater harvesting techniques range in cost and difficulty; they can be as simple as redirecting roof gutters into “rain gardens,” or complex, with storage cisterns, filters and treatment systems. Whatever type of system is right for you, the goal is to beneficially reuse rainwater on your property and, at the same time, reduce environmental impacts caused by storm runoff downstream.
If you’ve ever wondered how to harvest that “free” water falling from the sky, visit the new project website at raingardens.spawnusa.org. You will find information on upcoming tours, events, and links to valuable resources. If you are interested in having a free on-site evaluation, fill out the online survey. But hurry—there are a limited number of these evaluations available and the schedule is filling up fast! A specially trained SPAWN representative will visit your home or business to assess the type of rain harvesting systems that would be most appropriate and provide you customized recommendations.