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Easy ways to manage runoff using gardens and landscaping

April 23, 2018

[FERNDALE] –Sullivan Renaissance will host “Demystifying Green Infrastructure” on Wednesday, May 2 at 6:00 p.m. at the CVI Center in Ferndale.  This seminar will explain green infrastructure, an environmentally-friendly way to manage stormwater runoff from paved areas.  Many green infrastructure strategies – like vegetated roofs, rain gardens, bioswales and pervious pavement – can also improve aesthetics and increase property values.

This seminar will provide a basic introduction to green infrastructure, and will be geared toward a broad audience of municipal officials, planners, and community volunteers who are not engineers or water quality professionals.  Using case studies from throughout the region, guest speaker and environmental planner Simon Gruber will talk about the many benefits of green infrastructure, including water quality, beautification, wildlife habitat and community revitalization.

“There are at least two great examples of green infrastructure applications right here in Sullivan County,” explained Community Planner Helen Budrock. “Both the E.B. Crawford Library in Monticello and the Catskill Brewery in Livingston Manor have incorporated bioswales and pervious pavement into their site design.”

It is not necessary to be enrolled in a Sullivan Renaissance project or be part of a town planning or zoning board to benefit from this seminar. Planning and Zoning Board members will receive a certificate of completion for continuing education credit, but everyone is welcome. 

Pre-registration is requested and refreshments will be served. To register, visit or call the Sullivan Renaissance office at 845-295-2445.  Event details can also be found on the Sullivan Renaissance Facebook and Twitter pages.

Sullivan Renaissance is a beautification and community development program principally funded by the Gerry Foundation with additional support from Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther, Bold Gold Media Group, the River Reporter, the Sullivan County Democrat, and the Times Herald Record.