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Posted on Fri. Mar. 21, 2014 - 12:01 am EDT

City to hold series of rain garden workshops


The city will sponsor a series of rain-garden workshops to help residents improve drainage on their property and to improve the quality of water runoff into the rivers.

The free workshops have trained more than 1200 residents over the past six years on how to install a rain garden, which is a landscvaped area that contains water, giving it the opportunity to soak into the ground, rather than into a sewer. Compared to a lawn, a rain garden may allow 30 percent more water to be absorbed.

There will be two types of workshops this year: “Type A” is the traditional three-hour session that includes everything you need to know to create a rain garden.“Type B” workshops offer a two-hour “refresher” course.

Three-hour workshops will be offered in the Omni Room (Room 045)of Citizens Square, 200 E. Berry St., March 22 at 10 a.m. and April 17 at 6 p.m.; and at fire station No. 19 10116 Covington Road, April 26 at 8:30 a.m. 11:30 a.m.

Refresher workshops will be offered in the Omni Room at 6 p.m. March 27 and May 8; in Room 242 of Indiana Tech’s Andorfer Commons, 1600 E. Washington Blvd., at 8:30 a.m. April 5; and at 8:30 a.m. May 17 in Room 141 of the University of Saint Francis’ North Campus, 2701 Spring St.

Residents who own property in the city are eligible to apply for a cash incentive to help offset some of the costs of installing a rain garden when they attend a rain garden workshop. To register for a workshop or for more information, call 427-138 . More information can also be found at

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