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Stormwater through the Backyard

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michelle rollman

on 27 February 2014

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Transcript of Stormwater through the Backyard

How much water can you harvest from one roof top?
With a roof area of 800 ft (40'x20')
Rain Gardens
Reduce Rain Water Runoff
Rain Barrels
You can make a difference by owning a rain barrel
Reduce Water Use
Reducing Water Consumption
Stormwater from Your Backyard to Your Faucet
NJWSA Employee Rain Barrel Workshop
2
1" rainfall event = approx. 500 gallons
49" rainfall per year = approx. 24,500 gallons
Connected System
Disconnected System
Caring about Clean Water

Reduce Rain Water Runoff
Save Money on Water Bills
Provide a source of Non-Potable Water to:
wash the dog, car or muddy feet
use in toilet tanks
water your garden
use in birdbaths

within a week or two to discourage algae growth
before the next rain is expected
or connect it to a soaker hose in the garden

RAIN BARRELS:
USE YOUR RAIN BARREL WATER:
Based on employee interest, Rain Barrel Build Workshop(s) will be scheduled in the Spring.

Please let us know if you would be interested in participating.

Email Michelle Rollman by February 28, 2014 at mrollman@raritanbasin.org

Employees pay only the cost of the Barrel ($38) which you will take home
A rain garden should be at least 2 feet from a foundation and 10 feet from a basement.
Do not place your rain garden within 25 feet of a septic system.
Do not place your rain garden in soggy places where water already ponds.
Provide enough space for your rain garden.
Joe Pye Weed
Coneflower
Brown Eyed Susan
Fix household leaks
Wash full loads of laundry and dishes
Turn water off while brushing teeth
Take shorter showers - 5 minutes or less
Avoid using running water to thaw frozen foods
Look for EPA WaterSense label
WaterSense toilets use 20% less water
Energy efficient dishwashers and washing machines use 50% less water
WaterSense showerheads use 40% less water
Use faucet aerators
Water only when needed (1" / week)
Water in the early or late hours of the day
use a shut-off nozzle on your hose
Wash vehicles at a car wash that recycles water
Mulch around plants
Indoors
Outdoors
water falls on rooftops and other impervious surfaces and flows as collected stormwater and carries pollutants and sediment directly to our drinking source water.
water falls on rooftops or other impervious surfaces and is collected in a Rain Garden, Rain Barrel or other green infrastructure where it is allowed to filter slowly into the ground.
every roof, every person, makes a difference
Native Plants, Buffers
and Butterfly Gardens
Native Plants Attract Bees and Butterflies
Native Plants Absorb Runoff and Pollutants and Do Not Require Fertilizer
Van Derveer School (2) (Somerville)
Thompson Park (Monroe)
Quail Brook Golf Course (Somerset)
Raritan Valley Community College (Branchburg)
Walck Park (Somerville)
Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore (Farmingdale)
NJWSA Watershed Protection Programs Division Rain Gardens
270 Participants
220 Barrels
28 Rebates
NJWSA Watershed Protection Programs Division has provided Rain Barrel Worshops in the Peters Brook Watershed, the Neshanic Watershed, and the Watershed of the D&R Canal
Volunteers are needed

to help with the Clinton Butterfly Garden
! Contact Heather if you can help. hdesko@raritanbasin.org
SEPTIC
BASEMENT
> 2 ft
> 10 ft
> 25 ft
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