Rain Gardens

Rain gardens reduce pollution caused by stormwater. Planted with shrubs and perennials, upkeep is simple and inexpensive. By creating a rain garden you put stormwater into the ground and keep dirty runoff from harming streams, ponds and water supplies.

Picture from EPA Green Infrastructure Website

Rain Garden picture from EPA Green Infrastructure Website

Read more to learn how to plan and build a rain garden for your yard.

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Green Infrastructure Workshop and Vendor Fair

East%20Bioswale%20(NEI)smallA free workshop and vendor fair on clean water, green streets and green neighborhoods will be at Holyoke Community College on March 17.  This day-long event for builders, designers and municipal officials will include:

  • Presentations on design and construction considerations for green infrastructure BMPs
  • Three case studies about streetside bioretention, porous paving and gravel wetlands, which offer practical guidance for design, permitting, construction, cost and maintenance
  • Vendor fair featuring varied materials, resources and services used for stormwater green infrastructure projects
  • Lunch and networking opportunities (free box lunch provided)

The registration deadline is March 10, 2014.   Workshop sponsors are EPA Region 1; Pioneer Valley Planning Commission, and Massachusetts Water Resources Research Center.  For more details and to register for the workshop, visit http://wrrc.umass.edu/gi