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Rain Gardens – for your Watershed and your Birds

January 30 @ 7:00 pm 8:30 pm

Rain Gardens are a way to work with nature to reduce flooding and water runoff.  They also filter pollutants.  In addition to doing all that work, they create an excellent habitat for birds and butterflies. However, a rain garden must be designed and installed with careful consideration or more problems may arise.  Master Watershed Steward Coordinator, Jodi Sulpizio, presents the benefits, design and maintenance of these wonderful natural systems to help you create your own successful Rain Garden.

For the Q&A after the presentation, Jodi is joined by Beth Yount, Penn State Extension water resources educator and the Master Watershed Steward Coordinator in Philadelphia.

The presentation was recorded and can be viewed by clicking on the play button below;

YouTube recording of Jodi’s presentation

Rain Garden flowers blooming. Photo by Jodi Sulpizio

Jodi Sulpizio is a Natural Resources Educator for Penn State Extension and coordinates the Master Watershed Steward Program and the Spongy Moth Program in York County. She provides education to the community on water quality issues related to private drinking water supplies, stormwater management, and watershed health. Additionally, she enjoys managing Stewards as they plan and implement best management practices, monitor streams, participate in citizen science projects, and educate the community about water resources. She graduated from Penn State University with a B.S. degree in Environmental Resource Management with a focus on water resources and is currently studying to obtain a Master’s Degree in Community and Economic Development at Penn State. Jodi is passionate about empowering both citizens and volunteers to protect environmental resources.

Beth Yount is a statewide Penn State Extension water resources educator and the Master Watershed Steward Coordinator in Philadelphia. She provides education about watershed health, safe drinking water, stormwater management, conservation practices, and sustainable soil stewardship.  She focuses her work in Philadelphia on adapting and implementing best management practices in heavily developed areas and educating residents about habitat management and protection of riparian ecosystems and watersheds in the downstream environment. She has an MS in Soil Science from the University of California, Davis, and an MS in Sustainable Engineering from Villanova University.