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Welcome to Soak up the Rain Pioneer Valley!
Soak Up the Rain Pioneer Valley is a resource to help us reduce the impacts of stormwater runoff from our homes and businesses. Stormwater often flows off roofs and driveways into our streets, picking up fertilizer, oil, pesticides, dirt, bacteria, and other pollutants as it travels into catch basins and pipes and into our local rivers, streams, lakes, and ponds. Reducing this runoff through the relatively easy and cost-effective strategies promoted through Soak Up the Rain helps reduce pollution and flooding, protect water resources, beautify neighborhoods, and save property owners and taxpayers money.

Show us your projects! Soak Up the Rain Pioneer Valley welcomes photos and stories of property owners who are soaking up the rain with:

• Rain gardens (Bioretention areas)
• Dry Wells
• Tree Plantings
• Green Roofs
• Permeable Pavements • Other Innovations

Two fact sheets to help you get started:

Rain water harvesting (pdf)
Rain garden bioretention (pdf)

For more information, contact
Patty Gambarini at pgambarini@pvpc.org

Soak Up the Rain is an initiative of the
Environmental Protection Agency Region
1 office. For more information, visit
www.epa.gov