Rain barrel workshop

Submitted by lmcshane on Wed, 06/17/2009 - 20:26.

I recently attended this workshop and found it very worthwhile.  It's on my to-do list to install at my house. 

If it is on yours, too, please check this out--

Rain Barrel Workshop at Henninger House 5757 Broadview Rd. in Parma on Wednesday, June 24th at 6:30 p.m. 

See http://www.westcreek.org for more information. 

The barrel set up through West Creek with green infrastructure explanation provided by Linda Mack from the Northeast Ohio Sewer District amounted to a considerable savings over the usual rain barrel installation.  For fifty dollars, we "built" a standard rain barrel.  The next step for me will be to attach the barrel to my downspout.  I am weighing my options, but this appears to be the diverter model I will buy:


 I am also interested in how well David George has managed to parlay water conservation into a second career.  I will have to give him a call--


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Here's an image showing the middle of the road in Frostburg Maryland--let's figure out how to get there.

Summer sprinkler program

The Northeast Ohio Sewer District is getting in on the green infrastructure solution to the problem of storm water (rain barrels) some what late in the game.  And, predictably, for its part, the City of Cleveland will find a way to gum up a good idea (hey, let's make it a permit process!). 

Pittsburgh is in a similar situation to Cleveland.  A decrepit sewer infrastructure that combines sanitary waste with storm water in one system that is intended to feed to a treatment plant.  But, not all of the water makes it to the treatment plant, especiallly during heavy rain.  In NEO, bacteria-laden water is dumped into the Cuyahoga River and Lake Erie, destroying the natural hydrology of a watershed. 

Across America, metropolitan areas are under an unfunded federal mandate to replace combined sewers with separate sanitary and storm sewer lines.  There is also a push to clean storm water before it hits our critical drinking water supplies.

The difference between Cleveland and Pittsburgh?  Pittburgh is actually helping residents to install rainbarrels at little cost to the homeowner.  This is a win-win for everyone and the watershed. 

 How hard is it to implement the same program in NEO?  (Oh, I forgot NEO rewards people for using more water!!!)