Lurie Garden at Millennium Park – Chicago, a Creative Commons Attribution (2.0) image from Center for Neighborhood Technology’s photostream

Rain gardens provide an enormous benefit to the Pittsburgh region. Because in many areas, our sewage and storm water systems are still connected, it takes as little as a tenth of an inch of rainfall to overload them–causing sewage to overflow into our streams, yards, and rivers. Moreover, rain gardens absorb and naturally filter pollutants that would eventually end up in our freshwater.

On Thursday, July 30th, you can join Girl Scout Jessica Friss and the Mount Washington Community Development Corporation to help construct a new rain garden to prevent soil runoff and trail erosion for the Emerald View Park. The project is funded by “Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful’s 25 in 25” Grant Program with partial support from the Richard King Mellon Foundation.

You’re asked to please wear long pants and close-toed shoes. All the needed tools and lunch will be provided. And, they want to remind you to bring your water bottle!

To volunteer, please register here.

Help Build a Rain Garden
When: Thursday, July 30 from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Where: Trail entrance to Emerald View Park at the end of Republic Street
Registration (and for more info): Please click here


Rain Garden at Cecil Memorial Methodist Church, a Creative Commons Attribution (2.0) image from Chesapeake Bay Program’s photostream