The Annual Meeting for the Friends of the Root River (FORR) will be held Saturday, November 16th at the Houston Community Center, 109 West Maple Street. The first portion of the meeting will begin at 10 a.m. featuring a workshop on how to build a rain barrel. All materials and tools will be provided. There is a $20 materials fee. For those who want a ready-built rain barrel, those can be purchased for $40 and can be picked up anytime between 10 a.m. and noon at the Community Center. The FORR Board of Directors will serve a noon meal at no charge for attendees. A short business meeting will follow at 12:30 p.m.
FORR is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization formed in 2015 whose primary purpose is advocating for protection of the Root River watershed. FORR hosts several educational and recreational events each year including river cleanups, workshops, youth activities, local parades, and the annual river float with a naturalist. For more information about FORR, go to the Facebook page for Friends of the Root River. A Facebook account is not needed to view the information.
Why build a rain barrel in November? Well, spring will come again, and with it more spring rains. For most of us, spring is a busy time with many things to do, so building a barrel now means you have it ready to set out once the rains start. Rain barrels store rain water loved by your garden plants and flowers during those dry periods later in the summer. They also reduce runoff, which is particularly beneficial in cities and towns where impervious surfaces (streets, sidewalks, driveways, roofs, etc.) reduce the ability of rainfall to infiltrate into the ground. Reducing the amount of stormwater flowing into our rivers and streams reduces flood levels and the amount of pollutants transported in stormwater runoff.