Free “Water Day” Seminars Open to Rockland Residents

(October 2011)

Rockland residents are invited to participate in a half-day of free seminars focusing on water – from drinking water to rain water to underground water. Water Day, which is designed to help residents learn about Rockland’s water resources and how to use them wisely, will be held on Saturday, November 5, 2011 from 1:00 to 4:30 pm at the Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) Education Center, 10 Patriot Hills Drive, Stony Point, New York.

The afternoon will begin at 1:30 pm with a keynote presentation on “Drinking Water: Bottle or Tap?” by Chuck Stead, Environmental Educator at CCE, who will discuss the facts and myths about drinking water from a variety of sources. Participants may then choose two of six different workshops in the afternoon, including:
·        FIRST SESSIONS:  Flooding and Drainage in the Home; Using Rain Barrels to Save Water and Money; Conserving Water in Your Landscape.
·        SECOND SESSIONS:  Constructing or Converting an Existing Backyard Water Garden; Planning Your Garden; Turning Your Roof Green.
These seminars will be taught by members of the Professional Landscape Association of Rockland County along with educators and Master Gardeners from CCE of Rockland.  In addition, fun water-related activities for youth 6-12 years old will be ongoing throughout the afternoon. All attendees will receive a free water bottle and a chance to win United Water Conservation Kits (valued at $30). Refreshments will be provided.

The seminars are free but pre-registration is required by October 31. Register through CCE with your seminar choice for each session by contacting Ellen Chorba at 845-429-7085 ext. 117 or emailing your name(s), address, phone number, and seminar selection to etc46@cornell.edu. A Water Day brochure is attached and more information is available at: www.rocklandcce.org … simply click on Water Day.
Water Day is cosponsored by Professional Landscape Association of Rockland County and Cornell Cooperative Extension of Rockland, with generous support from United Water New York. Cornell Cooperative Extension is an equal program and opportunity employer. Please call CCE at least two weeks in advance if you have special needs.