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Hampton workshops teach homeowners how to help the Chesapeake Bay

The Hampton River watershed is highly urbanized, which means pollutants from fertilized lawns get dumped into the river — and then the Chesapeake Bay — with every storm.

But a two-year effort to reduce polluted runoff will continue next week with a series of free public workshops designed to educate homeowners about rain gardens, rain barrels and other measures that could make their properties more bay-friendly and less flood-prone.

“These workshops are designed to show citizens the kind of stuff they can do at home or even at their businesses that will help improve water quality, that will help reduce the amount of work they have to do in their yard,” said Tanner Council, Hampton Roads grassroots manager for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. “It can help reduce neighborhood flooding and, frankly, beautify the neighborhood.”

“Stopping pollution starts in your own backyard,” said Rebecca LePrell, CBF’s Virginia executive director. “When everyone pitches in, cumulatively you see a real difference in a community.”