Reader HD provides a timely tip on decking out your home with rain barrels:
At Monday’s meeting, City Council approved a change in stormwater fee structure based on amount of impervious surface and that also provide green credits for residents who implement:
1. rain barrels or
2. rain gardens or
3. detention ponds
There will be an online interface where residents can view how much impervious surface the City believes they have and where it is located. Green credits for (1) and (2) will be handled on an honor system basis, with possible spot checks (enforcement costs do not begin to approach the amount of the credit).
This fits nicely with Marilynn Rosenthal and the Burns Park Neighborhood’s plan to host a meeting on rain barrels this Wednesday, 6 June at 7pm at the Burns Park School cafeteria. Open to the public, not just Burns Parkers.
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> The Ann Arbor News discussed rain barrels last Friday
> Ypsilanti-based non-profit Growing Hope holds periodic rainbarrel (and worm bin) workshops, as well as selling pre-made barrels as a fundraiser
> To build your own, the Ann Arbor water treatment facility is a popular source for empty, garden-safe 55 gallon plastic barrels.