All the information about water quality, health and the environment can get overwhelming. Did you know that it’s actually easy to do your part to help keep the water and your environment clean? Even your small contributions can make a big difference. This spring the Penobscot County Soil and Water Conservation District is offering three ways to do just that:
Recycled Rain Barrel: Our 55 gallon rain barrels include an easily removable intake cover to keep out debris and mosquitoes. By collecting and using the roof water for your yard and garden you can save up to 1,300 gallons of tap or well water annually. You’ll also help reduce soil erosion from entering local streams. The Systern Rain Barrel is 50% recycled BPA-free plastic and retails for $73.50.
Compost Bin: Turn your kitchen scraps and yard clippings into rich, free fertilizer. The Earth Machine compost bin is recycled plastic and has an easy snap-together assembly. At 33”x35”x35”, the bin has an 80 gallon capacity and comes with an instruction manual and a 10 year warranty. We also offer a Kitchen Scrap Pail. This pail is perfectly sized with a 2 gallon capacity and a sealing hinged lid. The Earth Machine is available for $55.25 and the Kitchen Scrap Pail is $10.50.
Tree and Shrub Sale: Plants act as the all-in-one improvement system for the environment! They improve air and water quality by capturing and processing pollutants and improve soil by aerating it and adding organic matter. Every year the Penobscot County SWCD offers a wide variety of shade trees, evergreen trees, ground covers, hedges and shrubs. We are also offering fruit trees and shrubs including apple, crabapple, cherry, blueberries, strawberries and raspberries.
The Penobscot County Soil and Water Conservation District is a not-for profit organization. Funds from this sale will be used to promote conservation and wise use of soil, water and other natural resources. All items will be available for pickup on April 27, 2013. All items must be preordered. For more information on any item or to order please visit www.penobscotswcd.org or call the District at (207) 941-1043.