In the city where flash flooding can overwhelm sewer pipes, rain barrels and rain gardens are a terrific way to conserve water and reduce storm water runoff.
The Association is converting 55 gallon plastic barrels to rain barrels. Volunteers rinse the barrels, and attach a hose-ready 3/4 spigot, a mosquito-proof overflow, and an input screen. A completed barrel can be situated under a downspout or set out in an open space to collect water. This fund-raising activity benefits the Association's green fund. If you are in the La Crosse area and are interested in a rain barrel, contact Randy Magno - email: email@example.com. or call 784-2377
2013 Rain Barrel Painting Contest and Silent Auction
- Limited to the first 20 contestants - open to the public
- Starts Saturday January 5th. Contestants will have 54 days to complete a barrel
- Finished barrels must be returned to the La Crosse Public Library on Main Street by Wednesday, February 28.
- Contestant Cateories: Novice, Apprentice and Master, with 1st, 2nd and 3rd place prizes.
- Grand Prize: $100 Money Tree
- Entry Fee: $15 per Barrel
- Applications and complete rules are available at the La Crosse Public Library or by contacting Randy Magno firstname.lastname@example.org or call 784-2377.
In residential areas, rain gardens are an effective way to manage a larger quantity of water runoff. Contrary to popular belief, rain gardens are not designed to be wet for long periods and should be established in areas with good drainage. To find out more about building a rain garden, read the UW-extension booklet, Rain Gardens: a How-to Manual for Homeowners or contact Karl Green at La Crosse County UW Extension - email@example.com.
Other Ideas for Managing Water Runoff
The UW-extension also publishes a booklet for businesses that provides ideas for managing runoff from rooftops, parking lots, and other impervious surfaces - Managing Storm Water Runoff: a Self-Assessment Guide for Wisconsin Businesses
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