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Beautifying Your Yard for Healthy Streams - Residential Rain Gardens
Benefits of Rain Gardens
Residential Rain Garden
Residential Rain Garden
Photo courtesy of the City of Alexandria
Rain gardens, also known as bioretention areas, are attractive landscape features that allow rain water and snow melt to infiltrate into the ground.  A layer of mulch and plants intercept water running off streets, driveways, and rooftops, slowing its flow and removing pollutants before the water reaches local streams, the Occoquan River and the Potomac River, drinking water supplies for the region.

Workshop Schedule
Please revisit periodically for new dates and locations!  If you are interested in receiving notices of upcoming workshops via email, please contact the Northern Virginia Regional Commission.

Saturday, November 2, 2013
9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Fairlington Community Center - 3308 S. Stafford Street, Arlington, VA
FREE.  To register, please RSVP to Aileen Winquist

Workshop Presentations
Designing and Building a Rain Garden
Asad Rouhi, Urban Conservation Engineer, Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District


Selecting Plants and Landscaping a Rain Garden
Christin Jolicoeur, Watershed Management Planner, Arlington County Department of Environmetnal Services


Maintaining a Rain Garden and Lessons-Learned
Aileen Winquist, Environmental Planner, Arlington County Department of Environmental Services


Rain Garden Resources
General Information

Design and Construction

Native Plant Guidance

Maintenance

Examples

Workshop Partners
The Northern Virginia Regional Commission, the Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District, the Arlington County Department of Environmental Services, and the Community Appearance Alliance of Northern Virginia co-sponsor the Beautifying Your Yard for Healthy Streams rain garden workshops.

NVRC's participation is funded, in part, by Virginia Coastal Zone Management Program at the Department of Environmental Quality through grants provided by the U.S. Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, under the Coastal Zone Management Act of 1972, as amended.

Northern Virginia Regional Commission  3060 Williams Drive, Suite 510  Fairfax, VA 22031  703-642-0700 (Voice)  703-642-5077 (FAX)  Email Us