From Staff Reports
Two additional water conservation seminars are scheduled for Prosper in September and
October, one is a repeat of an earlier seminar, back by popular request, and the other is a new one, according to Tristan
Cisco, Water Conservation Education Coordinator.
"We’re bringing back the rain barrel seminar, called Rainwater Harvesting, because people who were not able to
attend the last one we presented asked us to bring it back. And, of course, we’re happy to do so. The other is on
composting, which we have not presented before," she said.
The Rain Harvesting seminar covers the basics and benefits of capturing rainwater for irrigation, and the effects
storm water has on the environment. Participants will learn how to collect and utilize rainwater at home and have the
opportunity to construct their own 55-gallon rain barrel. The seminar is set for Monday, Sept. 16 at the Prosper
Community Library, 700 N. Coleman St., on the campus of Reynolds Middle School. It will begin at 6:30 p.m. and last
approximately two hours.
"While the concept of capturing rain water and using it on the lawn, as presented in the first seminar, is easy to
comprehend, it may be less clear how composting can help conserve water. But, the truth is that creating a composting
station and using it for enhancing the soils around the home can help rather significantly," she said.
The Composting seminar teaches participants how the composting process works, the different types and
methods of composting, as well as how to compost and its importance. Adding compost to gardens, landscape, and
container gardens improves the soil’s nutrition, increases its moisture retention ability, and acts as a natural aerator.
These qualities can allow homeowners to water less often.
The Composting seminar is set for Monday, Oct. 14 starting at 6:30 p.m. It will also be held at the Prosper
"We’re very excited about the response we’ve had from the seminars we’ve put on, and we hope that residents
share what they learn with their neighbors and friends. Our purpose is to make this kind of information available to as
many residents as possible. Conserving water is critical, and implementing creative ways to do so helps everyone," said
The seminars are presented in conjunction with the Texas A&M Agri-Life program. To register for either or both
upcoming seminars, please visit: http://dallas.tamu.edu and sign up. Additional information can be obtained from
Tristan Cisco via e-mail at email@example.com.