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Stormwater Management in Your Backyard

The goal of the Stormwater Management in Your Backyard program is to empower volunteers to educate their communities about the benefits of rain gardens. The purpose of this Rain Garden Outreach Manual is to provide volunteers, such as Master Gardeners, Environmental Stewards, Master Naturalists and community environmental groups with the materials needed to provide community level outreach. This manual focuses on the "How Are We Going to Clean Up Messy Town?" and "How to Install a Rain Garden at Your Home" programs for children and adults, respectively.

Volunteers using this manual should have a basic understanding of nonpoint source pollution, stormwater management, and rain gardens. Using their knowledge of gardening and the environment, volunteers have the capability to effectively communicate to their communities the importance of stormwater management. The training materials include:

For more information about this manual, please contact Madeline Flahive DiNardo.

This project is funded by a grant from the United States Department of Agriculture National Institute of Food and Agriculture National Water Program.