Free Landscape Workshop on April 12 to Focus on Best Practices to Restore Local Waterways

Registration is now taking place for a free workshop on sustainable landscaping practices scheduled for Thursday, April 12 in Vail. This free, day-long workshop will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Donovan Pavilion. Sponsored by the Town of Vail, Eagle River Water & Sanitation District, Town of Avon and Betty Ford Alpine Gardens, this is the third year for the training and coincides with expanded educational programming identified in the Town of Vail Gore Creek Strategic Action Plan.

Landscape contractors, commercial applicators, designers, architects, property managers and homeowners are encouraged to register in advance to attend. Lunch will be provided as well as free parking. The workshop will include presentations on creek-friendly landscape design and maintenance techniques, including best practices on using any type of pesticide. Attendees will have their names and businesses listed as partners in Vail’s Restore the Gore efforts.

Since 2012 Gore Creek has been identified as an impaired stream by state and federal regulators due to the decline in aquatic macroinvertebrates. Scientists have determined the impact is due to degradation and loss of riparian buffer areas, impacts of urban runoff and pollutants associated with land use activities. The Restore the Gore Strategic Action Plan, adopted by the Vail Town Council in 2016, includes an emphasis on community awareness as well as strategies for regulatory measures, site-specific projects, best management practices and an ongoing monitoring program.

To RSVP for the upcoming workshop, contact Peter Wadden, Town of Vail watershed education coordinator, at pwadden, by Tuesday April 10. For additional details, call 970-479-2144 or visit lovevail.org/gorecreek.

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