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Rain garden workshop slated at Wahikuli Park

By Staff | Mar 7, 2013

LAHAINA – A free workshop will be held in Lahaina to teach how to design and install rain gardens.

Rain gardens are vegetated depressions designed and built to accept stormwater runoff from rooftops, roads and other impervious surfaces.

Rain gardens are being used increasingly by homeowners and municipalities to reduce the impact of stormwater in nearshore waters.

This is one pollution reduction practice recommended in the Wahikuli-Honokowai Watershed Management Plan.

This free workshop will show how to design, plan and install a rain garden through a mix of “talk story” and hands-on experience.

On Friday, March 15, from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m., a class will be held at Lahaina Civic Center. Next, on March 16 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., a theoretical and hands-on workshop and installation of demonstration rain garden will be held at Wahikuli Wayside Park.

Instructors are from the Horsley Witten Group and Hui o Ko`olaupoko. Funding for the rain garden design, materials and installation will be provided by the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration’s Coral Reef Conservation Program.

Participants may attend either or both days. All are welcome. Bring garden gloves and tools if you have them.

Register by March 12 by contacting Tova Callender at (808) 214-4239. Space is limited.