Webcast: Rain Gardens Reduce Runoff

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Watershed Academy will hold a Webcast on Dec. 3 to discuss the benefits of rain gardens.

Many communities across the country are struggling to address impacts from stormwater runoff due to increased development. Green or low-impact development practices such as rain gardens can help manage runoff effectively as well as provide aesthetic benefits. Rain gardens can increase property values, add beauty and habitat, reduce a community's carbon footprint, as well as provide important water quality benefits.

Speakers for the Webcast include Jenny Biddle with the agency's Office of Wetlands, Oceans, and Watersheds; Pamela Rowe, RainScapes Program coordinator with the Montgomery County, Maryland Department of Environmental Protection; and Lynn Hinkle, founder of ASTRA Communications, Inc. and Goin' Green.

To register, visit: www.epa.gov/watershedwebcasts.