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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

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