The Lake Hopatcong Foundation, in partnership with the Lake Hopatcong Commission and Rutgers Cooperative Extension, is excited to announce a FREE rain garden workshop program for the Lake Hopatcong Watershed. The program is made possible through NJDEP HAB Grant Funding,
Rain Garden and Shoreline Buffer Workshop and Rebate Program for the Lake Hopatcong Watershed
This FREE program is open to residents of Jefferson, Hopatcong, Mount Arlington, and Roxbury who reside in the Lake Hopatcong Watershed to learn the basics of rain garden installation and design a rain garden with the opportunity to receive a rebate of up to $450.
At the workshop, presented twice on Thursday, June 4, attendees will be offered the opportunity to sign up for a FREE follow-up rain garden design sessions with Rutgers landscape professionals. With detailed guidance in hand, rebates may be awarded to participating residents who install a rain garden or shoreline buffer designed by Rutgers on their property.
Online Webinar Workshops (45 Minutes) on June 4, 2020 at 10:00 AM or 6:30 PM. For more information or to register, click HERE.
The goal for this program is to install at least sixteen (16) gardens within our watershed over the next two years to help improve the lake’s water quality.
What is a Rain Garden?
According to Rutgers Cooperative Extension Water Resources: Rain gardens are specifically designed to manage stormwater runoff, mainly from rooftops, but also from driveways, lawns, roads, and parking lots. Rain gardens look like regular perennial gardens, but they are much more. During a storm, a rain garden fills with water, and the water slowly filters into the ground rather than running into storm sewers. Compared to a patch of lawn, a rain garden allows about 30% more water to soak into the ground. Therefore, by capturing stormwater, rain gardens help to reduce nonpoint source pollution (i.e., road sediment/salt, fertilizers, pesticides, bacteria from pet waste, eroded soil, grass clippings, litter, etc.) and help to protect local waterways. Rain gardens also add beauty to neighborhoods and provide wildlife habitat.
Examples of Rutgers Designed Rain Gardens:
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