Rain Garden Project
Registration is open for the Spring Rain Garden Academy, hosted by Beaver Water District & Illinois River Watershed Partnership. The Academy will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday, April 11, in Huntsville, AR. This Academy will offer valuable resource materials including a Low Impact Development Manual, highlights from local experts in the field and a hands-on experience in planting rain gardens! Lunch will be provided. The cost is $25 per person, $15 for students.
The class is open to 50 participants and pre-registration is required. This workshop applies to homeowners, businesses, educators, city officials and planners, landscape architects, engineers, and others who are interested in improving the landscape and watershed using a low-impact development technique such as rain gardens.
A rain garden is a landscaped depression that is 4” to 8” deep. It captures stormwater runoff, cleans and filters pollutants, and provides habitat for wildlife. Link here to download and agenda and to register.
On July 1, 2011, the Arkansas Natural Resources Commission (ANRC) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) awarded two grants totaling $350,000 to build rain gardens to improve water quality. Beaver Water District was awarded $139,000 and the Illinois River Watershed Partnership (IRWP) received $211,000 to build rain gardens in Northwest Arkansas over the next three years. Rain gardens are located in the Illinois River Watershed and the West Fork-White River/Beaver Lake-White River Watershed.
The NWA Rain Garden Project grant seeks to empower students and communities to confront local watershed concerns by implementing demonstration rain gardens in public and quasi-public properties, including schools, churches, and public institutions, within the Illinois River and Beaver Lake Watersheds; and educating the public about the numerous benefits of this alternative stormwater management approach. For more information, download one of the following documents, or contact Becky Roark, the Rain Garden Resource Specialist: BWD Rain Garden Fact Sheet; Rain Garden: Project Awarded; Rain Garden Grant Application; Rain Garden Project Brochure; Rain Garden-Native Plants Brochure.