Many residents find themselves stuck in the mud when trying to figure out how to manage stormwater on their property. Internet searches and literature can generate ideas, but don’t always leave residents with the hands-on skills and confidence to successfully implement a project on their own property.
Enter the “Stormwater for Challenging Sites” workshop series, which began in SW Portland in early 2014, now in its third iteration. The series is a partnership of SW Watershed Resource Center (WRC), Green Girl LLC, Stamberger Outreach, and Independence Gardens, made possible with funding from West Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District.
Environmental Servicessupports staff and programming for the WRC. WRC’s role is to recruit and select demonstration project site hosts, manage landowner agreements, and take care of workshop logistics, registration and day of event support, and follow up with program participants
This year’s series begins on Sunday, October 4th with an introduction to stormwater and its relationship to watershed health, followed by field visits to two residential sites for assessment and identification of constraints such as poorly infiltrating soils or steep slopes. On November 1st and 15th, participants will meet again at those sites. The design process is explained, and attendees participate in the construction of a project to reduce runoff and improve stormwater management. The groups will also discuss the periodic tasks required to maintain well-functioning stormwater projects.
The workshops are free, and open to all. Participants can attend one, or all three workshops. Space is limited. To find out more and register, visit http://swni.org/stormwater.