In the city where flash flooding can overwhelm sewer pipes, rain barrels and rain gardens are a terrific way to conserve water and reduce storm water runoff.
The Association is converting 55 gallon plastic barrels to rain barrels. The cost of the barrels is $40.00. Volunteers rinse the barrels, and attach a hose-ready 3/4 spigot, a mosquito-proof overflow, and an input screen. A completed barrel can be situated under a downspout or set out in an open space to collect water. This fund-raising activity benefits the Association’s green fund. If you are in the La Crosse area, and are interested in a rain barrel, contact Randy Magno – email email@example.com or call 784-2377.
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In residential areas, rain gardens are an effective way to manage a larger quantity of water runoff. Contrary to popular belief, rain gardens are not designed to be wet for long periods and should be established in areas with good drainage. To find out more about building a rain garden, read the UW-Extension booklet, Rain Gardens:a How-to Manual for Homeowners or contact Karl Green at La Crosse County UW-Extension – firstname.lastname@example.org.
Other Ideas for Managing Water Runoff
The UW-Extension also publishes a booklet for businesses that provides ideas for managing runoff from rooftops, parking lots, and other impervious surfaces – Managing Storm Water Runoff: a Self-Assessment Guide for Wisconsin Businesses.