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

Community Library.

"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

Cisco.

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 tristan_cisco@prospertx.gov.