The Charles County Government and University of Maryland Extension
are pleased to offer a workshop on the practical uses for rain barrels
and how they reduce the impact of runoff on our local waterways
and Chesapeake Bay.
A rain garden is a planted depression in the landscape that collects and allows rainwater runoff from hard surfaces to be absorbed. Rain gardens are planted with native plants, and include a soil media and mulch.
A conservation landscape is a garden that improves water quality, promotes and preserves native species, and provides wildlife habitat. Conservation landscaping replaces some of the turf grass of a traditional lawn with native plants.
Permeable hardscapes help manage stormwater (surface water from heavy rains or snow) and are an alternative to hard surfaces. Materials used as permeable hardscapes allow stormwater to seep into the ground (permeate) rather than pool in low spots or run off into storm drains or local streams. This Extension Brief is meant to provide the property owner with information about selecting permeable hardscapes. Installation should be performed by an experienced, certified contractor.
A riparian forest buffer encompasses the area from the streambank to and including an area of vegetation located upslope from the water. This publication provides background information on this habitats.