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Join Sierra Club, Detroit Riverfront Conservancy, and Maxi Container at this free workshop & rain barrel sale in Detroit on Saturday, April 27. At the free workshop, you will learn how to make rain barrels and hook them up to your downspouts. If you purchase a rain barrel, you will build your own barrel that you can take home for the discounted price of $50 per barrel.
NOTE: Rain barrels must be purchased before April 27 to receive the discounted rate of $50 (normally the barrels cost $70). Go to www.mirainbarrel.com/signup to order your barrel.
SPECIAL NOTE: Scholarships to purchase rain barrels are available for Detroit residents by calling (313) 444-3705.
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. Find pdfs of the Permit Notice, Fact Sheet, and Draft Permit below.
Detroit Water Agenda 2012 is the result of a community-driven process to create sustainable
development policies to improve and protect the quality of the Rouge and
Detroit Rivers and Lake Erie. That
process was spearheaded by the Water Sub-committee of the Detroit City Council
Green Task Force, which is chaired by Councilmember Kenneth V. Cockrel Jr. and composed of residents, businesses, environmental non-profits, and other community organizations. A copy of the document can be found below.
Residents Deliver Petition Signatures to DWSD Board of Water
Commissioners to Create Incentive Program for Rain Gardens, Green Roofs,
Permeable Pavement & Rain Barrels
At today's Detroit Water & Sewerage Department's (DWSD) Board of Water Commissioners meeting, Sierra Club presented 1,000 petition signatures from residents in the city that encourage the department to create a rewards program that offers incentives or credits to residents and businesses that use green water infrastructure techniques to capture stormwater. Green water infrastructure refers to any technique that allows rainwater to be absorbed into the ground rather than being directed by roofs or pavement into the city’s sewer system. Examples include planting rain gardens, installing green roofs, using permeable pavement, and much more.
“Unfortunately, it only takes an inch of rainfall to overwhelm Detroit’s Wastewater Treatment Plant, resulting in combined sewage overflows into the Rouge and Detroit Rivers, which then pollutes one of our Great Lakes, Lake Erie,” commented Melissa Damaschke, who is a Community Organizer for Sierra Club’s Great Lakes Program. “Individuals and businesses know they can protect the quality of Detroit’s rivers by making an investment to plant rain gardens or install green roofs. However, water rates have more than doubled in the past ten years and assistance is needed. Residents and businesses want monetary incentives for their efforts similar to credit and incentive programs that exist in Ann Arbor, Chicago, Minneapolis, and other communities across the Great Lakes region.”
list of credit and incentive programs can be found in the document below.
Sierra Club teamed up with Eastern Market and Friends of the Rouge to identify and label native plants sold at the market with stickers that say, "native plants improve water quality." Hopefully, this will make it easier for you to identify which plants are native to southeast Michigan for your gardens. Generous support for this program is provided by the Erb Family Foundation.
You can visit Eastern Market this Saturday, May 19 and Sunday, May 20 from 7am to 5pm to find the stickers on plants. See an example of how the plants will be labeled to the right.
Why native plants? Native plants are recommended because they are adapted to the wet springs and dry summers of the region. The root systems of most native plants are deep and help to loosen the soil which improves the ability of water to filter into the ground. This makes native plants perfect for rain gardens and for absorbing rainwater, which helps prevents stormwater pollution into our rivers and lakes.
We encourage you to take Sierra Club's Green Garden Pledge to show your support for protecting our water. Take the pledge here. If you need more information about native plants or how to plant rain gardens, join us for one of our upcoming workshops. You can also download Sierra Club's rain garden guide here.
Pictures can be found at this link
News story in The Huffington Post found at this link
Sierra Club teamed up with the Detroit Branch of the NAACP to host an Earth Day bike tour of green water infrastructure examples in Detroit. The bike ride began with U.S. Representative Hansen Clarke and Simone Lightfoot from the NAACP addressing over thirty participants about the importance of restoring and protecting our Great Lakes while also working to secure jobs for our community. Sierra Club’s Southeast Michigan Group Outings Leaders Cindy Gunnip and Douglas Christie led the bike ride while Great Lakes Program Organizer Melissa Damaschke narrated the tour. It was a bit windy but a lot of fun!
When’s the next bike tour? Sierra Club's Outings Program and Great Lakes Program are partnering to host the same 12-mile bike ride on Saturday, May 12 at 1pm. Sign up here.
Rain Barrels on the Riverfront (April 14, 2012)
barrel workshop and sale. Detroit City Councilman Kenneth Cockrel, Jr. kicked off the event by sharing his efforts through his Green Task Force to protect the Detroit and Rouge Rivers. After that, about 100 participants were broken up into five smaller groups with five volunteer trainers, where they learned how to reuse old pepper barrels into rain barrels. After participants learned how to make rain barrels, the Detroit RiverFront Conservancy disconnected one of Rivard Plaza's downspouts from the sewer system to their rain barrels. (BTW - We did the math and we figured out that they will prevent over 15,000 gallons of rainwater from entering the sewer system with their two barrels! This means that they will help protect water quality AND it will also save them money on their water bills for all the flowers they need to water. It's win, win!) Participants that attended also took Sierra Club's Great Lakes Pledge to connect their rain barrels when they got home. Overall, it was a fun morning and a great event.
Sierra Club is excited to kick off its 12-mile bike tour of Detroit's green water infrastructure solutions on Earth Day - April 22, 2012 at 1pm. The tour is moderately paced and goes from 1 to 4pm. Helmets are required and $1 donation is suggested. Rain or shine. Bike rentals are available at Wheelhouse Detroit, www.wheelhousedetroit.com. Go here for more information and to sign up for the event.
This Earth Day event is in partnership with the Detroit Chapter of the NAACP. (And if you can't make this event, join us for the next one on Saturday, May 12 at 1pm.)