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Stormwater Challenge Workshops Start Saturday


digging a rain gardenDo you want to save money on your landscaping?  Or learn how to reduce runoff, improve stream health, and reduce flooding in the challenging hills and soils of SW Portland?

This FREE workshop series will help! 


Starting this Saturday, March 15, join landscape and watershed professionals for some hands-on experience assessing, designing and installing different kinds of natural stormwater management projects that are appropriate for the unique conditions in SW Portland. 

For more information, a registration link and flyer, visit

Questions?  Contact or 503-823-2862


Here's a brief overview of the series:

Introductory Workshop:

Plan & Design Best Practices for Challenging Sites Saturday, March 15th, 9 am – 3 pm Limit: 30 people

In this workshop you’ll learn how to identify and locate a variety of landscape approaches that are safe, simple, cost-effective, and environmentally effective regardless of the site’s natural conditions. We’ll visit three homes, perform a site assessment to look for opportunities, and then return to our desks to collaborate on site designs for each of them.

Workshops 2, 3, & 4:

Build the Best Practices Saturdays: April 5th, April 19th, & May 3rd,  9 am – 1 pm Limit: 10 people

Participants will receive additional training as we install stormwater projects at three residential demonstration sites with varying degrees of challenging conditions.  We’ll work together to implement the final design resulting from a combination of the planning and design work in the Introductory Workshop, with some additional consultation with each of the homeowners.  Because we will focus on different techniques and conditions at each site, participants are encouraged (but not required) to attend all three!


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