monarch on milkweed

Monarch on milkweed.

We encourage landowners to practice backyard conservation to minimize stormwater runoff and runoff pollution, provide wildlife habitat, and improve soil health and landscaping aesthetics.

Runoff from rainwater and snowmelt enter storm drains, carrying pollutants from lawn fertilizers, pesticides and vehicle fluids directly to ditches, streams and rivers. With the amount of impervious surfaces (roads, rooftops, driveways, sidewalks, parking lots) increasing, stormwater can cause serious property damage and flooding.

Common backyard conservation practices include: rain gardens, rain barrels or cisterns, native plantings, mulching, drip irrigation, pervious surfaces, dry streambeds, appropriate use of landscaping chemicals, soil testing, integrated pest management, streamside buffers, composting and green roofs. Click on the subject in the menu box for more information.

We offer backyard conservation workshops throughout the year both here at our office and in locations throughout Franklin County. Click on “All Upcoming Events” in the right-hand column of this page to see what’s coming up.

Some communities offer their landowners backyard conservation cost-share opportunitiesĀ  that we administer. Click on cost-share opportunities in the menu box.

Rain barrel

Rain barrel demonstration at County Fair