Friday, May 04, 2007

Rain Barrel Workshop and Stream Watch

Rain Barrel Workshop
Pen Park
Saturday, June 2, 2007 2-5 PM
  • Save money
  • Conserve water
  • Reduce runoff
Workshop Fee: $35
Registration deadline Thursday, May 24

You’ll learn about the many uses of a rain barrel and how to build one. Each additional barrel is only $25. Workshop includes barrel, supplies and handouts. Pre-registration is required to ensure we have supplies for all participants.

434-975-0224 or send an email to

"Collecting rain water in a barrel can save you money during the dry seasons and reduce demand on your water supply. With a roof of 1,000 square feet, an inch of rain can generate 600 gallons of water. Rain water is better for your yard and plants."

We're already collecting water from the chicken coop to water the hens, but we haven't done any collecting from our house's gutters. And since we're on a well, it wouldn't save us money. Still for outside gardening needs, I could see installing a couple barrels. Plus you've just gotta have water to make mud! (This was taken 4 years ago--anything more recent and my kids would kill me Or Emily would. Thomas doesn't care!)
On a somewhat related note, just for fun, I checked the Stream Watch site that's listed as a link at the TJSWCD's site and found our creek listed. I'm really happy to say that it falls in the "very good" category. We just saw someone there testing the water last week, and we've noticed them several other times in the past 7 years we've been here. Someone told me that individuals can get involved in monitoring streams, and here's where to find out how.

The picture above on the left was taken in October 2005 after a heavy downpour. Our bridge (what bridge?) was under water. You can just make out where the concrete is at the closer end--there's a bit of debris there. The picture on the right was just taken this morning. (If you click on the pictures you can see much better.)This is what it usually looks like, and there's also a ford to the right--you can see where the gravel goes off to the right. It's passable in an SUV or truck, even in a car when the water's really low. My daughter is in the picture to give some perspective. You can also see how high the water went by looking at the fence in the background of both pictures, and especially the white post. So, when we say we're flooded in, we're serious. :)

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