Free rain garden workshop at Leominster Public Library

The Worcester County Conservation District invites you a free program at the Leominster Library on March 17 at 3 pm.  Ed Himlan of the Massachusetts Watershed Coalition will present a slideshow about the design and benefits of rain gardens.

RunoffRemedies intro blog 120413Rain gardens attract birds and butterflies, while protecting local streams and ponds. These gardens are planted with flowers, shrubs and grasses that are easy to maintain and thrive without fertilizers and pesticides.   The slideshow will explain where to place a rain garden, how to select plants and how to keep the garden flourishing as a beautiful accent for your home or business.

Runoff from rain and snow melt is a big problem as forests and fields are replaced by buildings, streets and parking lots. Rain garden plants and soils filter storm water and recycle nutrients that can harm water quality. The bowl-shape design also allows rain to recharge the groundwater that keeps streams healthy during drought conditions.

Spring is the ideal time to create a rain garden. Rain gardens can be placed in sunny or shady locations, and there are many plants that supply food and habitat for wildlife.   Participants will receive a free Pocket Guide with helpful tips about rain gardens and other runoff remedies.  To register for the rain garden workshop, phone Lisa Trotto (508) 829-4477 ext. 5.

This workshop is sponsored by the Worcester County Conservation District seedling program, which has many types of trees, flowers and shrubs for sale.  The plant selections can be viewed at



How to keep waters healthy

Every town can make streams and lakes cleaner, safer and more fun.  Cost-effective solutions can help prevent and fix the leading cause of pollution problems.  This 5 – 8 p.m. meeting in Worcester on November 18 will discuss ways to halt damages and heal local waters.

CSS blog 110815 (640x419) (3)Stormwater from roads, homes and businesses dumps tons of dirt, bacteria and other pollutants into brooks, ponds and reservoirs.  Most communities are concerned about the rising costs for stormwater control.  Fortunately, there are  efficient ways to improve local waters and reduce municipal expenses for water treatment.

This meeting will feature expert speakers on Low Impact Development, stream renewal and stormwater assistance programs.  Practical guidance will help to identify the best places to capture and cleanse runoff.  Meeting information will also discuss how to remove more pollution for less cost.

The $10 registration fee (free for students) includes meeting materials and refreshments.  You can view the meeting agenda and register online at Eventbrite.  For more details, email or telephone (978) 534-0379.

LID for Less Runoff

Towns can cut costs of polluted runoff and help keep local waters healthy.  Low Impact Development (LID) offers land planning and engineering techniques to reduce stormwater runoff and the expenses for water treatment.

CSS blog - LID CenterStormwater is the leading cause for damages to local streams, lakes and water supplies. LID design prevents harmful impacts of land uses by working with nature to store runoff and filter pollutants.

LID and other cost-effective techniques will be discussed at Community Stormwater Solutions. This November 18 meeting sponsored by the MA Watershed Coalition will be at Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

Expert speakers will provide practical guidance for town officials, stormwater committees, lake associations, builders and concerned citizens, which can help remedy runoff for less cost.

The $10 registration fee (free for students) includes materials and refreshments.  You can view meeting details and register online at Eventbrite.  For more information, email or telephone (978) 534-0379.