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Natural Resources

Florida receives an average of 52 inches of rainfall per year. Most of this water washes over lawns and pavement carrying fertilizers and other chemicals into local waterways. An inch of rainfall over a one thousand square-foot area yields in excess of 600 gallons of water. A rain barrel is an inexpensive means of capturing and storing some of this water for later use. By installing a rain barrel you'll not only help reduce pollution, but you'll also have a supply of free non-chlorinated soft water for irrigating your landscape!

The Miami-Dade County Cooperative Extension Servide is offering a series of Rain Barrel Workshops. These workshops give the residentes of Miami-Dade County an opportunity to learn about important water conservation issues and teach them how to construct and install their very own rain barrel.

You can register for the next workshop by downloading and completing the registration form and mailing it to the Extension Office in Homestead.

In order to assure that you receive a rain barrel you must pre-register by the specified date for each workshop. The cost to attend the workshop without making a barrel is $10. The cost of attending the workshop and receiving a rain barrel is $35 per barrel.

In order to receive a rain barrel you must attend the workshop. If you are unable to attend a workshop and would like to make your own barrel, barrel suppliers can be found in the yellow pages under "barrels and drums."

Some advantages of rain barrels.

Rail Barrel Workshop Dates and Location. 

Classes will focus on water issues of critical importance to South Florida

Date Class and Registration Location and Time
Saturday, Feb 3 Deering Estate Auditorium 10:00 AM-Noon
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Saturday, Apr 14 Deering Estate Auditorium 10:00 AM-Noon
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Saturday, Jun 9 Deering Estate Auditorium 10:00 AM-Noon
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Saturday, Aug 11 Deering Estate Auditorium 10:00 AM-Noon
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Saturday, Oct 6 Deering Estate Auditorium 10:00 AM-Noon
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Saturday, Dec 8 Deering Estate Auditorium 10:00 AM-Noon
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