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LUNCH & LEARN: RESIDENTIAL RAINWATER HARVESTING
Monday, March 25, Noon - 2 p.m.; N.C. Cooperative Extension, Forsyth County Center

WETLAND PLANS FOR CIENER BOTANICAL GARDEN
Thursday, March 28, Ciener Botanical Garden, Kernersville

MILLER PARK STREAM RESTORATION TOUR
Wednesday, March 27, 2 - 3 p.m., Miller Park, Winston-Salem

THE CLEAN WATER ACT AND YOUR LOCAL WATERWAYS
Thursday, March 28, 4 p.m. Lewisville Branch Library, Lewisville

COMMUNITY WORKSHOP: HOW THE BLUM PARK MAKE-OVER SOLVED LOCAL FLOODING
Friday, March 29, 9 - 11 a.m. Blum Park, Winston-Salem

KEEPING OUR STREAMS CLEAN AND GREEN: THE IMPORTANCE OF RIPARIAN BUFFER ZONES
Thursday, March 14, 7 p.m., Family Services, Winston-Salem

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Residential Rainwater Harvesting Lunch & Learn

Monday, March 25, Noon - 2 p.m.
N.C. Cooperative Extension, Forsyth County Center
1450 Fairchild Road, Winston-Salem

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Rainwater harvesting for the residential landscape can take different forms and serve a variety of purposes. By collecting rainwater from rooftops and gutters, you potentially can reduce your water bill, mitigate soil erosion, reduce stormwater runoff that pollutes our streams and rivers, and create a reserve for watering flower beds and gardens when the weather becomes hot and dry.

A box lunch will be provided courtesy of the Farm Bureau and there will be a drawing for a door prize — a rain barrel! Space is limited and registration is required by emailing coop-ext-registration@forsyth.cc or calling 336-703-2850


Wetland plans for Ciener Botanical Garden

Thursday, March 28, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Ciener Botanical Garden, 215 S. Main St., Kernersville

Drop in for a “before” tour of the future wetland and stream restoration planned for Ciener Botanical Garden. A creek through the garden catches runoff from surrounding streets and the garden and makes a mess. Creating a wetland and possibly a pond would control erosion and filter out pollutants in the stormwater. View the plans, hear how they plan to execute the stream restoration, and walk the site. It may be muddy, so bring appropriate footwear.


THE CLEAN WATER ACT AND YOUR LOCAL WATERWAYS

Thursday, March 28, 4 p.m.
Lewisville Branch Library, 6490 Shallowford Road,
Lewisville 

How does the Clean Water Act affect our lives in Lewisville? Which local waterways are subject to regulations? And, what do I need to know about my own impact on local streams, creeks and rivers? Director of Graduate Studies in Sustainability at Wake Forest University, Stan Meiburg, and Wake Forest professor Becky Dickson, will walk us through what the Clean Water Act covers, its purpose, and how it is important on a local level. Learn how the Clean Water Act really affects you and your family, and how you can contribute to cleaner water in your own backyard.


COMMUNITY WORKSHOP: HOW THE BLUM PARK MAKE-OVER SOLVED LOCAL FLOODING

Friday, March 29, 9 - 11 a.m.
Blum Park, 2401 Ivy Ave., Winston-Salem

Come learn how the city teamed up with HDR Engineering to use a new approach to managing stormwater in a dense urban neighborhood prone to flooding. In this interactive session you’ll see how what could have been a routine water, sewer and stormwater project ended up creating a new wetland that allowed nature to tame a problem that had defeated our traditional solutions, while at the same time breathing new life into an aging park. Come with footwear to tour the perimeter of the wetland to see the results for yourself.


KEEPING OUR STREAMS CLEAN AND GREEN: THE IMPORTANCE OF RIPARIAN BUFFER ZONES

Thursday, March 14, 7 p.m.
Family Services, 1200 S. Broad St., Winston-Salem

Riparian buffers are vegetated or forested areas near a stream or river that provide protection from the impact of adjacent land uses. In particular, riparian buffers protect water from non point-source pollution, provide shade to moderate water temperatures, enhance habitat diversity, prevent bank erosion, and provide flood control. Sections of many of our local streams no longer have buffers due to commercial and residential development. What can be done to mitigate the harmful effects of vegetation loss where development already occurs, and most importantly, what can be done to protect our remaining buffers? Come to the Sierra Club’s March meeting and learn. Sierra meetings are free and open to all. Social at 7 p.m.; announcements at 7:30; program at 7:45.