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November 10: Rainwater Harvesting Workshop (Sponsored by the City of Eugene)

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  • Community Event
  • Adult Workshop
When Nov 10, 2012
from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Where Nearby Nature Yurt in Alton Baker Park
Contact Name
Contact Phone 541-682-5541
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Want help designing a rainwater harvesting system for your yard?  Sign up for a 2-hour workshop with local expert Sarah Whitney that will cover design, installation and maintenance. Specific topics will include different types of systems, how to calculate your rainwater resource, water budget and storage needs, and what to do with overflow. Following the presentation, we will look at two rainwater harvesting systems installed at the Alton Baker Park Water Wise Garden. 

Why harvest rainwater?

Rainwater is a precious resource, vital to sustaining life, and people have been collecting rainwater throughout history. Yet in the modern built environment, it is typically piped off-site. Rain picks up pollutants from roofs and pavement and carries it into storm drains and eventually into our streams. Rainwater harvesting is a strategy of capturing rain, storing it over time, and re-using it on-site. This decreases the volume and rate of storm water runoff and associated water pollution, flooding and erosion. Rainwater harvesting also reduces the amount of water taken from the McKenzie watershed that is then treated and pumped to your home for uses that don’t require treated drinking water, such as irrigation. Rain is a naturally soft water and does not contain harmful minerals, chlorine, and other chemicals. For this reason, plants respond very well to rainwater. And once you have your system set up, it’s free!

For more information, visit the City’s website or contact Jenna Garmon at the City of Eugene at 541-682-5541 or  

Please note:  You must register and pay for this workshop ahead of time. Cost: $10.

For directions to the Nearby Nature Yurt in Alton Baker Park (where the workshop will take place) click here.

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