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Stormwater in August


July was a busy, fun month full of camp visits, Green Trivia, and rain barrel building. The Stormwater Interns cleaned up part of the North Oconee and said good-bye as they started the next chapter in their lives. Fortunately, August is looking to be action-packed as well, with ACC Stormwater popping up everywhere from health fairs to farmers markets. 

Here are the events ACC Stormwater has coming up this month:

First A.M.E Health Fair
Saturday, August 8, 10 am–2 pm  
C. D. Wilkerson Educational Center, 521 North Hull Street
ACC Stormwater will host a booth with information about water pollution in Clarke County, how it can affect your health, and what you can do about it. Stop by to see where the polluted waterways run and learn how to dispose of common household chemicals that can harm our waters and your health. The health fair is hosted by the First A.M.E. Church and will provide free health screenings and information about other health issues.

Water Smart Landscaping
Thursday, August 13, 6–8 pm
Bobby Snipes Water Resources Center
ACC Stormwater is partnering with ACC Extension and Water Conservation Office to host this workshop, led by Amanda Tedrow of the Extension Office. The workshop will teach participants how to design and maintain a sustainable landscape. Topics will include how to make the best use of rainfall by reviving your soil, how to irrigate efficiently, how to choose the best plants for each place in your yard, and proper use of pesticide and fertilizers. Please register here

Water Smart Rain Gardens
Thursday, August 20, 6–8 pm
Planning Auditorium, 120 West Dougherty Street
ACC Stormwater is partnering with ACC Extension and Water Conservation Office to host this informative and engaging workshop. The workshop will cover an introduction to rain gardens and provide the tools necessary to begin designing and building your own rain garden. The workshop will include an hour-long seminar followed by an hour-long tour. Please register here.

West Broad Farmers Market Rain Barrel Seminar
Saturday, August 22, 11 am–noon
West Broad Farmers Market, 1573 West Broad Street
Join ACC Stormwater at the West Broad Farmers Market to learn about rain barrel installation, maintenance, and assembly. Enjoy the market and learn about how you can use a rain barrel to reduce water pollution and conserve water.

Athens Farmers Market
Saturday, August 29, 8 am–noon 
Bishop Park, 705 Sunset Drive
Come to the Athens Farmers Market and check out our booth. We’ll have information on rain barrels and rain gardens, as well as a trivia game and prizes. ACC Water Conservation Office will be joining us, and we’ll be spreading the word about the Water Festival happening in September.
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