April Eco Family Conference Offers Families a Chance to Save Money with Rainwater

AMES, Iowa – Rain barrels, rain gardens and other strategies to reduce flooding and improve water quality is the focus of the Virtual Eco Family Conference, “Water, Our Precious Resource,” on April 5. Learning about storm water management can also help families reduce their water bill and yard maintenance expenses.

The April session is the fourth in the online conference series from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. On the first Thursday of each month through June, a 90-minute webinar will feature a different speaker addressing a different environmental topic. All sessions begin at 7 p.m. Iowans may still register for the conference series.

Stacy Johnson, the Eastern Iowa program coordinator for the Iowa Storm Water Education Program, will teach participants how to take advantage of the water that moves across properties after extensive rainfall. She will share strategies to prevent street and lawn contaminants from reaching community rivers and ultimately the water supply.

“This session is for anyone concerned about the quality of the water in his or her community,” said conference organizer Kristi Cooper.

To participate in the conference, families need a computer with high-speed Internet access, speakers or headphones and microphone, if they wish to speak to the instructor. They also can communicate with the instructor by typing their questions or comments in the online chat box. The registration fee is $15 per person. Once registered, participants will receive log-in directions for accessing the virtual classroom for all conference sessions.

The Virtual Eco Family Conference series is designed to help Iowans think about environmental issues and practical action steps they can take in their own home and neighborhood, noted Cooper and the other conference coordinator Brenda Schmitt, both ISU Extension and Outreach family program specialists. The online conference series is part of a new initiative from ISU Extension and Outreach to help Iowans make conscious decisions about the environment.

Register for Remaining Sessions

“You still can register and participate in the remaining sessions of the conference,” Cooper said. For registration information, contact Cooper at 319-377-9839 (kcoop@iastate.edu) or Schmitt at 641-512-0650 (Schmitt@iastate.edu). The registration form is online; print it, complete it and mail with a check for $15 to ISU Extension and Outreach, P.O. Box 368, Allison, IA 50602.