Individuals living in western Pennsylvania are invited to take part in PRC’s upcoming “Watershed Awareness/Rain Barrel” webinar on Tuesday, July 21, from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. The online workshop will explore how to harvest rainwater from a roof, store it in a barrel and use it in the landscape. Participants will learn about problems associated with stormwater runoff and techniques to reduce individual contribution to watershed pollution.
Cost of the Watershed Awareness/Rain Barrel webinar is $80 and includes a FreeGarden RAIN 55-gallon easy-to-install rain barrel. Pre-registration is required.
“At this time we’re conducting the Watershed Awareness/Rain Barrel webinar specifically for individuals living in southwestern Pennsylvania since they’ll need to drive to a location in Pittsburgh to pick up their rain barrels soon after completing the webinar,” according to PRC Education Specialist Nancy Martin.
“The condition of Pennsylvania’s many watersheds — an area of land that drains into the same body of water — significantly affects the quality of life for people, other animals and the entire ecosystem,” said Martin. “Healthy watersheds provide many ecosystem services including erosion/sedimentation control, increased biodiversity and flood control.”
- The most common substance found on earth is water.
- Seventy-five percent of the earth’s surface is water.
- Ninety-seven percent of the earth’s water is saltwater in oceans. Of the 3% that is freshwater, only 1% is available our use (the other 2% is frozen).
- Water serves as nature’s thermometer, helping to regulate the earth’s temperature.
Each Individual taking part in the online workshop will register for a time to pick up a rain barrel at PRC’s North Side location at 828 W. North Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15233. Pick-up will take place weekly on Wednesdays (July 22 and 29, Aug. 5) from noon to 5 p.m. and Thursdays (July 23 and 30, Aug 6) from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
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