Workshops Will Offer Information For Setting Up Rain Gardens

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STATE — The New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium will partner with the Rutgers Cooperative Extension Water Resources Program to offer two-day training workshops for individuals that will provide them with the skills needed to install and maintain a rain garden in North and South Jersey.

The two-day training programs will involve both classroom and field work, including an actual rain garden installation. Rutgers Cooperative Extension’s rain garden experts will teach attendees what they need to know to get started with their rain garden projects, from the site selection to the choice of plants to the actual construction.

Rain gardens are cost effective, low-maintenance gardens designed to intercept, treat, and infiltrate rain water at the source before it becomes runoff. Rain garden plants are traditionally native to the region and help retain contaminants that could otherwise harm nearby waterways.

The North Jersey training workshop will be held on Thursday, Feb. 23 at the Trailside Nature Center at 452 New Providence Road, Mountainside. The second, hands-on session will be held Thursday, March 29 at a Newark site announced at the February workshop.

The first day of the South Jersey training workshop will be held on Thursday, Feb. 16 at the Camden County Municipal Utilities Authority at 1645 Ferry Avenue, in Camden. The second day of the South Jersey training program will be Thursday, March 22 at a Camden City site which will be announced at the February program.

The cost of this program is $25, which includes a copy of the award-winning Rain Garden Manual of New Jersey, refreshments, and lunch for the first day of training. For organizations and businesses that would like to send more than one person to the program, there is a discounted rate of $15 for each additional person. Additional program information is available on the RCE Water Resources Program website at http://www.water.rutgers.edu where you can also register on-line.

This training program is funded by New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium, the USDA NIFA Regional Water Center for Northeast States and Caribbean Islands, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, and the Camden County Municipal Utilities Authority.

The NJ Sea Grant Consortium is an affiliation of colleges, universities and other groups dedicated to advancing knowledge and stewardship of New Jersey’s marine and coastal environment. NJSGC meets its mission through its innovative research, education and outreach programs. For more information about NJSGC, visit njseagrant.org


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