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Watershed steward will talk about rain gardens, clean water

Sharon Anderson, watershed steward for the Cayuga Lake Watershed Network, based in Interlaken, will speak on “Rain Gardens: A Beautiful Step for Clean Water, beginning at 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 26 in the FLI Classroom.

She will discuss how rain gardens add beauty to yards, provide habitat for butterflies and birds, reduce flooding and protect streams and lakes from pollutants. A rain garden is a bowl-shaped garden that captures and filters rainwater from a roof downspout, patio or slope. The rainwater seeps into the ground within two days, reducing pollutants and runoff and soaking in before mosquitoes can begin to breed.

Some of the plants suited to alternating wet and dry conditions are cardinal flower, Siberian and blue flag iris, pagoda and red stemmed dogwoods, native magnolia and elderberry, day lilies, swamp milk weeds, sedges, hosta and several varieties of fern. Those who attend her talk will receive a free copy of the network’s publication, “Smart Steps for Clean Water, which includes several simple actions residents can take to keep water clean – at home, in the car or while fishing and boating.

Cayuga Lake Watershed Network is funded by the Tompkins County Water Resources Council, Community Foundation of Tompkins County, the Park Foundation, and the Finger Lakes – Lake Ontario Watershed Protection Alliance. Details on the network and its activities are available at www.cayugalake.org.

Anderson’s talk is free and open to the public; registration is requested by calling ext. 4382 or e-mailing fli@hws.edu.