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April 07, 2010

Agent workshop focuses on rainwater harvesting

Cooperative Extension agents are invited to a train-the-trainer Rain Water Harvesting and Rain Garden Workshop, June 8-9, Gaston County center of N.C. Cooperative Extension in Dallas, N.C.

Many communities across the South are now required to control stormwater and to educate citizens on controlling stormwater coming from their property. As a result, rainwater harvesting systems and rain gardens continue to grow in popularity as best management practice (BMPs) to conserve water and help control and treat stormwater runoff. These systems help reduce the use of drinking water for irrigation, toilet flushing and vehicle washing, and reduce nitrogen and phosphorus in surface waters.

This train-the-trainer workshop is designed for Extension agents who are considering installing, demonstrating, designing and teaching community stake-holders about water harvesting systems and rain gardens to improve water quality and conserve drinking water.

Trainers will provide an overview of water harvesting systems and rain gardens, their components, guidelines and suggestions for selecting the most appropriate type and size of system, pump sizing, construction and installation recommendations.

After the short classroom session, agents will get a chance to put what they learned to work immediately by installing a rain water harvesting system and rain garden at the Gaston County Extension Center.

Agents will receive a notebook containing all workshop materials and
presentations on hard-copy and CD, so they can return to their counties and put the information to work immediately. A workshop agenda is available at the Web site link above, as well as the online registration form. There is no cost to attend, but we ask participants to preregister at the Web site.

The workshop is sponsored in part by USDA-NIFA, N.C. Extension Watershed Education Network (WEN), Gaston County, Gaston County Cooperative Extension and Catawba River Watershed District Program.

Any questions regarding the program may be directed to Mitch Woodward at mwoodward@wakegov.com. For questions regarding registration, please send an email to bae_training@ncsu.edu.

Posted by Natalie at April 7, 2010 01:58 PM