6:30 pm, December 8, 2009
Levenson Room, Portsmouth Public Library
For every inch of rain that falls on a 1,000 square foot roof, 600 gallons of rain runs off the roof. Learn how to trap some of this water by using rain barrels for later use in the garden. Use drip irrigation to grow healthier plants, control weeds, save water, and energy. And when your barrel is full keep it from adding to stormwater runoff by creating a rain garden.
This free public program will be presented by Sharon England, MSE, owner of SkyJuice New England (a rainharvesting company), Maine Master Gardener, educator, and long time organic gardener and Mary GIlbertson, co-author of the UMCE Bulletin #2702 “Landscapes for Maine: Adding a Rain Garden to Your Landscape”, President of York County Maine Master Gardeners, certified permaculture designer, and Certified Professional in Erosion and Sediment Control (CPESC).
As a follow-up to this program, organizations and municipalities are encouraged to consider a rain barrel program, to offer local residents education about problems with run-off and an opportunity to purchase and install rain barrels.