Conservancy: ‘Catch the Rain,’ reap benefits

Area residents are invited to learn how to beautify their yards while keeping waterways clean.

Homeowners can take simple steps to improve area waterways.

Area homeowners can take simple steps to improve area waterways, according to the Brandywine Conservancy.

A “Catch the Rain” workshop on Wednesday, Oct. 12, at 7 p.m. at the London Grove Township building will demonstrate how to reduce flooding, recharge wells, filter pollutants from oily roads, reduce summer heat, and keep water clean. Another benefit: A home’s value increases as plantings mature, according to a press release from the Brandywine Conservancy.

Presented by the Brandywine Conservancy and the White Clay Wild and Scenic River program, the presentation will stress collecting water for gardens and other outdoor uses, attracting birds and butterflies, enjoying year-round native flowers, and helping to improve the environment.

Capturing more rain on-site reduces drought effects and lowers water bills. The workshop will enable participants to get a free rain barrel as well as assistance in paying for environmentally-friendly home improvements. “Catch the Rain” will provide step-by-step guidance, clear estimates of costs and rebate amounts, professional site visit and design consultation, reputable installers, and maintenance guidelines, the release said.

“Catch the Rain” is possible in part with funding from the Dockstader Foundation and the National Park Service. RSVP to Beth Burnam at610-388-8396, bburnam@brandywine.org, or Shane Morgan at mpc@whiteclay.org

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