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Office of County Executive
Mark A. Hackel

Contact: Terry Gibb

Phone: 586-469-6440

Email: gibb@msu.edu

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

September 19, 2019

Eco-friendly landscaping techniques program to help protect local water resources

Rain events can have a major impact on rivers and lakes, as storm water can collect contaminants and run into them. However, water quality in these surface waters can be preserved by adding attractive landscape features designed to collect and prevent runoff.

To assist homeowners, municipalities and multi-family complexes in developing natural ways to reduce runoff, Michigan State University Extension will offer an Eco-Friendly Landscaping for Water Quality program on Tuesday, October 15, 2019. The program, which is designed for individuals with little or no experience gardening with native plants, will feature instruction on storm water basics, Low Impact Development (LID) techniques, plant types and uses in LID design, how to plan and prepare now for next spring’s garden and on-site design assistance to incorporate LID practices on your property.

The course is appropriate for residential, commercial, municipal, church and school properties. It will be held from 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. at the VerKuilen Building, 21885 Dunham Road, Clinton Township in Assembly Rooms A & B. Participants will need to bring a sketch and photos of the property for which they are considering a landscaping project. The cost is $8 per person (pre-registration) or $10 at the door and includes instruction, a Landscaping for Water Quality book, additional handouts, hands-on assistance to develop a customized landscape design and refreshments. Deadline for pre-registration is October 9, 2019.

To register and for more information, go to: https://events.anr.msu.edu/ecofriendlymacomboct2019/ or contact Terry Gibb, Natural Resources & Government/Public Policy Educator, at gibb@msu.edu or at 586-469-6440.

Michigan State University Extension (MSUE) brings educational programs to residents empowering them to improve their lives and community. County-based MSUE staff, in concert with on-campus faculty members, serve residents with programming focused on agriculture, natural resources, children, youth and families, community and economic development.

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21885 Dunham Road, Suite 12, Clinton Township, MI 48036

http://msue.macombgov.org/

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