Friday, March 26, 2010

Douglas Soil and Water Conservation District offers bioretention training

The Douglas Soil and Water Conservation District is hosting a bioretention workshop on Friday, April 9th in Alexandria.

Bioretention is a up-land water quality and water quantity control practice the uses the chemical, biological and physical properties of plants, microbes and soils for removal of pollutants from storm water runoff. Bioretention: Beyond the Basics aims to guide participants through the steps of installing and maintaining raingardens, bioretention cells, and vegetated swales.

This in-depth training will be presented by Rusty Schmidt, a nationally recognized expert in the field of raingardens and bioretention practices. Mr. Schmidt is co-author of the “Blue Thumb Guide to Raingardens” and “Plants for Stormwater Design” Volumes 1 and 2. He is a Natural Resources Specialist for the Washington Conservation District.

The workshop will run from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on April 9 at the Douglas County Public Works Building, 526 Willow Drive. The cost is $40 on or before April 1 or $50 after April 1. Morning refreshments and a light lunch are included.

Bioretention: Beyond the Basics is intended for landscaping and lawncare professionals, facilities and maintenance personnel, land planners/developers, nonprofit and government staff and others interested in the technical details of properly constructing and maintaining raingardens, bioretention cells, and vegetated swales.

Pre-registration is required. For more information and to pre-register, contact the Douglas SWCD at (320) 763-3191 x 3. Event partners included the Douglas SWCD, Todd SWCD, Chippewa River Watershed Project, Sauk River Watershed District, and the Minnesota Erosion Control Association (MECA).

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