Reduce Your Watershed Footprint

Saturday April 29th, 1PM

Put the rain to work in your yard!
Included with this workshop ticket is 1 locally grown native plant.

Appreciating the critical link between land and water, all of us can take steps to restore our damaged streams by learning how to reduce our watershed footprint.

This workshop will provide essential background information on aquatic ecology; skills to evaluate sources of polluted runoff from your property; and solutions to systematically reduce your watershed footprint with an emphasis on landscaping with native plants.

Specific topics include:
– Characteristics of a healthy watershed and stream
– Impact of polluted runoff on local streams
– Assessing sources of stormwater problems one property at a time (downspouts, driveways, patios, lawn, slopes, erosion, invasive plants, herbicide/pesticide use, pets, etc.)
– “Structural” solutions (rain barrels, French drains, infiltrations trenches, pervious pavement, etc.)
– “Vegetative” solutions (Rain gardens, Bayscapes, Tree plantings)
– Design and implementation of a practical, long-term plan
– Cost-share programs for homeowners (get up to 80% of materials and plants paid for!!)
– Virtual tour of Reedy Creek as poster child for a degraded urban stream

In addition to classroom presentation, we will assess a local property and go through the process of identifying stormwater problems, discussing solutions, and outlining a long-term strategy to reduce the watershed footprint.

About the Teacher:

Bill Shanabruch is an aquatic biologist and active member of the Reedy Creek Coalition leadership. In his free time, he cultivates a beautiful biodiverse native garden on his property. He recently started a small business, Reedy Creek Environmental, devoted to watershed restoration through the use of native plants of local ecotype, education, and resource assessments.