Environmental Protection

Attend a Rain Garden Program for Free

On Jan. 14, there will be a program relating to bioretention areas, also known as rain gardens, help at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center. The program will begin at 9 a.m. and last until 4 p.m.

The Rain Garden program is offered for free with registration beginning at 8:30 a.m. Presentations are due to begin at 9:15 a.m., with an introduction on the bioretention research that is currently being done at North Carolina State University. Dr. William Hunt, an extension specialist with the university, will be leading the introduction.

“Engineers from Texas A&M AgriLife Extension and North Carolina State University Extension will explore the performance, design, construction, and maintenance of bioretention areas as a means of stormwater control for residential, industrial, commercial and institutional properties,” said David Waidler, a research assistant with Texas A&M AgriLife Research the center.

Later presentations during the day will be on the topic of the Texas A&M bioretention area research and outreach, bioretention case studies, how to maintain bioretention areas, and a panel discussion. At 3 p.m., attendees will participate in a tour of Texas A&M AgriLife low-impact design studies at the center.

“Bioretention is a well-accepted method of urban stormwater control,” Waidler said. “We will show program attendees the rain garden we have constructed here at the center, as well as our other low-impact design studies which include green roofs, pervious pavement and a detention pond. We ask attendees to dress appropriately for the tour.”

The workshop is made possible through Clean Water Act grant funding from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and the United States Environmental Protection Agency. To register, visit their website or contact Waidler at 972-952-9689.

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