†LACKAWAXEN - Wednesday, April 17 at 10 a.m. people are invited to join the Pike County Conservation District staff and the Area Agency on Aging Lackawaxen Seniors when they check in on a rain garden that was installed last October at the Lackawaxen Fire Hall.

Located next to the parking lot of the Senior Center at the Lackawaxen Fire Department, the rain garden filters out automobile fluids, sediment and salts from the parking lot. The garden also allows the run-off to seep into the soil and enter the groundwater clean and free of contaminants.

With Lackawaxen Township Supervisors and Road Crew's assistance, the Lackawaxen Seniors chose and installed flowers that thrive under the tough growing conditions of a rain garden in Lackawaxen. The native plants chosen, are tolerant to a short growing season, hot and cold temperatures, road salt, drought and flooding. They also need to have some deer resistance, a height that doesnít interfere with visibility when exiting the parking lot, beneficial traits for local wildlife such as birds and butterflies and be beautiful to look at throughout the growing season. Black-eyed Susans, Scarlet and Lavender Bee Balm and Blue Flag Iris should be emerging and getting ready to do their job purifying the run-off and beautifying the Senior Center entrance at the same time.

People can plant a rain garden this spring in their own yard to help make a difference by protecting Pike Countyís clean streams, precious rivers and healthy drinking water now and for future generations.

The Pike County Conservation Districtís Watershed Specialist, Lori Colgan, will be on hand to explain how to install your own rain garden and all the benefits they provide. The garden is located at the Lackawaxen Fire Department at the corner of Lieutenant Corporal Jacob Beisel Road and Route 590 in Lackawaxen. People will meet at the parking lot on Beisel Road at 10 a.m., Wednesday, April 17. For information or to register, call the Pike County Conservation District at (570) 226-8220 or email Lori at