Middle South

July, 2008
Regional Report

Web Finds

Rain Barrel Plans
If you'd like to build your own rain barrel, here are some sites with detailed instructions.

Mid-America Regional Council: Build Your Own Rain Barrel

University of Florida Extension: How to Build a Rain Barrel

Covington Water District Water Conservation Program: Rain Barrel Plans

Maryland Department of the Environment: Building a Rain Barrel


Rain Gardens
Building a rain garden is a good way to conserve water and reduce runoff. A rain garden is designed to capture precipitation and store it so it can soak slowly into the ground. Rain Gardens: Managing Water Sustainably in the Garden and Designed Landscape, by Nigel Dunnett and Andy Clayden (Timber Press, 2007; $34.95) is a common sense guide to designing, installing, planting, and maintaining a rain garden. It's filled with color photos that illustrate practical solutions to a variety of landscape situations.

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