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Gardening for healthier watersheds

May 3, 2022 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm PDT

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Join the Washington County Master Gardener Association's May Speaker Series focusing on gardening from the perspective of improving local water quality.

Gardeners have a special role in improving our local stream, lake or wetland’s health even if we don’t directly connect to that body of water.

At the simplest level, this comes down to knowing that what runs off our gardens ends up in that local waterbody, but there is so much more we can do in our gardening to positively impact our watershed.

In his presentation, Dr. Robert Emanuel of Clean Water Services will cover topics related to plant choice, responsibilities around backyard waterbodies, careful fertilizer and chemical use, stormwater-focused gardening, and ecological restoration.

Since 2011, Robert Emanuel has been a water resources project manager for Clean Water Services—a regional water utility focused on safeguarding the Tualatin River’s health and vitality, ensuring the economic success of our region, and protecting public health for over 600,000 residents and businesses in urban Washington County.

Dr. Emanuel's main emphasis is on the ecological restoration of streams, wetlands and floodplains. He holds a BS from Humboldt State University, as well as a Masters and Ph.D. from the University of Arizona. Robert is also a dedicated gardener with a special love for native plants, edible landscapes, all kinds of ferns, and occasionally pushing zonal boundaries with xeric plants from his native Arizona.

*This presentation qualifies for 1 hour MG continuing garden education credit.