West Michigan Environmental Action Council will be presenting a series of rain barrel workshops at the West Michigan Home and Garden Show this weekend, March 1 to 4, at DeVos Place in downtown Grand Rapids.
Stormwater runoff is the largest source of water pollution in West Michigan and the Great Lakes watershed. It is an especially large problem in urban areas where parking lots, buildings, roads and sidewalks cover the majority of the surface area. Stormwater is unable to soak into these impervious surfaces and instead picks up debris and pollution and carries it into nearby rivers and streams. In a community like Grand Rapids, it takes just 15 to 30 minutes for stormwater runoff to enter lakes, rivers and streams.
Ran barrels help prevent stormwater runoff by capturing the stormwater and allowing it to be reused on site to water garden and yard plants. This prevents contaminated rainwater from reaching our region’s water resources and reduces water utility costs.
Over the past few years WMEAC’s rain barrel program has distributed over 1,000 rain barrels, enough to remove some 9 million gallons of stormwater runoff from West Michigan. A schedule of workshops is below. The workshop is free, but participants are asked to pay $15 for the cost of materials, including the barrels and associated hardware.
The Home and Garden Show workshops are made possible through the support of Showspan, The Coca Cola Company and City of Grand Rapids.
In addition to the rain barrel workshops, Better Buildings for Michigan and WMEAC will be hosting seminars on how to make your home more energy efficient. Better Buildings for Michigan is a program that provides energy efficiency audits and solutions to Grand Rapids neighborhoods. A schedule of the seminars is listed below.
For more information visit wmeac.org/homeshow2012.
Rain Barrel Workshop Schedule
Friday 3pm, 5pm, 7pm
Saturday: 12pm, 2pm, 4pm, 6pm
Sunday: 12pm, 2pm
Home Energy Efficiency Seminar Schedule