What do rain barrels and great beer have in common? Clean water for Michigan’s Rogue River.
TU's Rogue River Home Rivers Initiative is partnering with the West Michigan Environmental Action Council and Rockford Brewing Company to host rain barrel workshops where participants can build their own rain barrels to collect and store rainwater.
Rainbarrels collect stormwater which would otherwisebe lost to runoff and diverted to storm drains and streams. Stormwater is the leading source of water pollution in west Michigan. The average rain barrel keeps over 1,800 gallons of stormwater out of our lakes and rivers each year.
Workshops will be held on October 23 and 30, and November 6 at 6:30 p.m. at the Rockford Brewing Company and are funded with support from the Rockford Area Community Endowment.
Sign-up for a workshop at rainbarrels.wmeac.org.
--Nichol DeMol, Rogue Rivers Home Rivers Initiative Project Manager