2016 Community Backyards participant with her new compost bin.
The Community Backyards Rebate program is set to re-launch on April 1, 2017 but workshops are currently being scheduled for the year and you can register to attend one of our current in-person workshops starting today! So far we have workshops scheduled for Westerville, Canal Winchester, Bexley, New Albany and many around Columbus. To easily register online, visit our Franklin Soil and Water Eventbrite page.
Community Backyards will once again offer $50 or $100 reimbursements to residents after participation in the program and purchase of an approved backyard conservation item. Participation is necessary to receive a rebate, and participants must live in an eligible tax district. So get ready for spring and visit Community Backyards for more information on how you can participate today!
As with last year, orders placed through our Conservation Spring Tree and Plant sale will be eligible for reimbursement once you participate in the program. So make sure to order your trees before April 10, 2017. You can easily order your plants online through our shopping cart or you can view our January newsletter for an order form to mail in and to find more information on the different species we are offering this year.
Are you a streamside homeowner living in Plain Township? We need your help to enhance your neighborhood & protect water quality! Plant an Ohio native tree on your streamside property and we will reimburse you up to $100 on your purchase.
Select the right tree from our approved list, plant it, send in a photo of the tree planted, a copy of your receipt, and include your contact information and address. We will reimburse you $100 for participating!
Important: We will only reimburse Ohio Native Trees from the approved tree list & that fit the criteria of the bullet points below:
- Planted in the “setback” to help repair the corridor
- Shading and cooling the stream
- Providing habitat along the stream
- Recreating forested reparian
Email Kristin Hilson, Community Backyards Program Coordinator with any questions or call our office at (614) 486-9613.
The Community Backyards program will be starting its 2016 season Friday, April 1st! The program offers rebates to eligible residents for the purchase of a rain barrel, compost bin, or native plants and trees after they participate in an in-person workshop or an online course and quiz. Read More
The March Backyard Conservation Update is now available! Read More
Did you miss the January Backyard Conservation Update?
Learn how you can stay active while having an eco-friendly winter, stay up-to-date on the latest water quality stories in the news and Franklin Soil and Water upcoming events, and be in-the-know when it comes to soil and water conservation in Franklin County! Read More
Crawford Farms in July 2015
Ever wonder what exactly enters your storm drains and makes its way into the waterways? Next time there is a significant rainfall, take a look at the nearest forebay–pollutants including trash, chemicals, and oils are swept through the storm drain and directly into the waterway via the forebay. This rush of pollutants during a rain event is known as the “First Flush.”
If you didn’t receive it in your in-box, here is the most recent edition of our Backyard Conservation Update.
Read the latest conservation tips for homeowners and register for workshops in our electronic newsletter Backyard Conservation Update.