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Ward-Pugh helps District 9 residents learn more about rain gardens

Friday February 27, 2009

For Immediate Release:
Majority Caucus
Louisville Metro Council
Contact: Tony Hyatt 574-4137/526-3622

Councilwoman Tina Ward-Pugh is sending ten residents of District 9 to class in March. In this case, those attending class will learn how to grow a better environment by learning about rain gardens.

“If we are serious about going green and protecting the environment, then one of the best places to start is around our own homes,” says Ward–Pugh. “Rain Gardens are a simple, cost effective way to begin that process.”

The Councilwoman is using her Neighborhood Development Funds to send ten people to the Jefferson Memorial Forest on March 2nd to learn how to create a rain garden with Specialist Phyllis Croce of MSD.

A rain garden is a specifically designed area that uses impressions in the ground to soak up rainwater from common spill areas such as roofs, driveways or sidewalks. Plants are sustained by water that would otherwise runoff into a storm sewer system. It is believe that rain garden can cut down on the amount of pollution reaching creeks and streams by up to 30%.

“It is my hope that what people learn from this class will become a practical way to help the environment,” says Ward-Pugh. “The beauty of a garden many times inspires others to create their own garden. If so, this effort might become popular with people in other neighborhoods who want to do their part in going green.”

Sponsor:
Tina Ward-Pugh (D) 9