Archive for Thursday, April 8, 2010

Rain barrel workshop coming to De Soto

April 8, 2010

So the saying goes… “April showers bring May flowers,” making April the perfect time to set up a rain barrel.

Sign up now to participate in a “Make and Take” Rain Barrel Workshop provided by Hillsdale Water Quality Project, in conjunction with Johnson County Stormwater Management Program.

This series of workshops will be provided within the Hillsdale Watershed and the City of De Soto to provide Johnson County homeowners knowledge on making their own rain barrel for only $10.

Hillsdale Water Quality Project Board of Directors and volunteers will offer the following rain barrel workshops for Johnson County residents:

• De Soto Wastewater Treatment Plant: 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m., April 14

• Edgerton City Hall: 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m., April 28

• Gardner Senior Center: 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m., April 29

Each Johnson County household participating will make and take home one rain barrel for $10. Staff and volunteers will provide a demonstration on how to make a rain barrel, information on its use, upkeep and important winterizing tips.

Rain barrels store stormwater runoff from a roof. The collected water is great for watering plants, lawns and gardens during dry times and saves on homeowner’s water usage.

Jennie Fyock, Hillsdale Water Quality Project information specialist, said the workshops provide local residents the knowledge to create their own rain barrels.

“The response of the community interested in rain barrels has been wonderful,” Project Information Specialist, Jennie Fyock said. “The

participants are excited to use their rain barrels when they leave the workshop and ready to build their own.”

To learn more about this great water conservation method and to register for one of these events, contact Jennie Fyock at 913-829-9414 or Registration forms are also available online at Simply fill out the registration form and mail the completed form and a check for $10 to: Hillsdale Water Quality Project, 1 New Century Pkwy., Ste. 115, New Century, KS 66031.

Hillsdale Water Quality Project is a non-profit organization working to improve and restore water quality in Hillsdale Lake.

The Rain Barrel Workshops are funded through a Johnson County Stormwater Management Advisory Council Education Outreach grant, awarded to Hillsdale Water Quality Project and administered by Johnson County Stormwater Management Program.

Additional workshops may be scheduled throughout the Hillsdale Watershed. Please visit for Hillsdale Water Quality

Project’s upcoming event dates and information.


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