WOODBRIDGE – Mayor John E. McCormac today announced that the “Greenable Woodbridge” Program will kick-off a series of “green” seminars with two workshops designed to engage township residents in the art and benefits of “going green.”
On Thursday, July 23, experts from the Rutgers University Cooperative Extension will present a Rain Garden Workshop. Learn all about rain gardens and how they benefit our ecosystem. The free workshop gets underway at 7 p.m. at the Woodbridge Health Center, 2 George Frederick Plaza. Aquila Landscape will offer discounted prices on “rain garden” plants and the Rutgers Cooperative Extension will teach the basics of rain garden installation and gardening projects.
What is a Rain Garden: A rain garden is a landscaped, shallow depression that allows rain and melted snow to collect and seep naturally into the ground. The mission of a rain garden is to prevent pollution runoff, while recharging the groundwater supply and minimizing water runoff into storm drains – runoff that courses throughout a watershed and causes decreased sediment, flooding and damage to shorelines.
With more than 44 inches of rainfall in New Jersey each year, 40 rain gardens in Woodbridge Township – each treating 1,000 square feet of driveway or rooftop runoff – will result in the recharge of more than one million gallons of water per year. Rain gardens can be easily constructed by a homeowner and a landscaped rain garden adds beauty to a lawn and creates a habitat for birds, butterflies and beneficial insects. Compared to a conventional lawn, rain gardens allow 30 percent more water to soak into the ground – a vital hedge against the droughts that have increasingly afflicted New Jersey in recent years.
On Saturday, July 25, join area residents at 11 a.m. at the Downtown Farmer’s Market (Town Hall parking lot at One Main Street) for “Environmental Day” and an interactive program to “Map Our Shrinking Carbon Footprint.” Sponsored by the Woodbridge Arts Guild, this special program teaches youngsters how to convert recycled materials into art and then use the recycled art to shrink the size of our “carbon footprint.” Bring “recyclable” materials and participate in this fun and educational event geared to reduce Woodbridge Township’s carbon footprint.
In announcing the upcoming “Greenable Woodbridge” programs, McCormac noted that, “Greenable Woodbridge” is a long-term, township-wide environmental awareness initiative that will touch nearly every resident, business and visitor with real, environmentally-friendly programs and alternatives.
“Greenable Woodbridge’ is designed to identify the environmental and sustainable issues of importance to the future of our community, and to provide the direction and initiatives we can all take to establish Woodbridge Township as a leader in sustainable living. But it will take the participation of everyone working together to put into place the “green” practices that will benefit all of us into the future,” McCormac said.
To participate in the everyday “sustainable” actions that serve to preserve and protect our environment, log on to the township’s “Greenable Woodbridge” web page at: www.twp.woodbridge.nj.us. The page provides information on nearly every aspect of “going green,” along with easy-to-use information on some of the first steps we can all take to establish Woodbridge Township as a leader in “green” and sustainable living.
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