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The READY summer jobs youth conservation corps, a partner in Howard County’s stormwater remediation efforts, built 31 raingardens that manage 200,000 sq. ft. of impervious area, exceeding their goal by 80,000 sq. ft.

In 2011, the County conducted two rain garden workshops for residents and installed 30 residential rain gardens in the Red Hill Branch subwatershed.

Since 2010, over 650 free pre-drilled barrels have been distributed to residents during Master Gardener demonstrations and the annual Howard County GreenFest.  Residents then use instructions and guidance from the Master Gardeners to add parts and make them into rain barrels.  A partnership with a local hardware store makes rain barrel parts kits available at a reduced rate to residents.

Green Tip

Use cloth napkins.It’s actually cheaper to throw cloth napkins in the wash than to buy paper ones.