February 2021

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The MACC Bids Farewell to our Assistant Planner
Registration is Now Open for Volunteer Rainscaping Training
Homeowners Can Signup for Free Rainscaping Site Assessments

The MACC Bids Farewell to our Assistant Planner

Staff changes continue at the MACC with the departure our our Assistant Planner, Mara Gericke. Mara has been with the MACC a little over 2 years and has worked on a number of projects with both our Transportation and Watershed Programs. Her assistance was much appreciated and she will be greatly missed. We wish her the best of luck in this new chapter of her career!

From Mara:

As my time with the MACC comes to a close, I look back with great appreciation for all that I have learned and all who I have met. As the Assistant Planner, I was fortunate to work with many people across a variety of fields who have helped me grow to become a better planner and environmental steward. I would like to thank all of my colleagues at the MACC and beyond for their guidance and passion for what they do. While I will surely miss the MACC and the Holland region, I am excited for this new chapter of my life. I will be working as a Transportation Planner with the Village of Hoffman Estates, a community just outside of Chicago. I am confident that my time with the MACC has prepared me for this new role and I look forward to what the future holds!

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Registration is Now Open for Rainscaping Volunteer Training

Part 1 of the training is a virtual classroom session where participants will learn about rainscaping practices and how to conduct a site assessment. We’ll also provide background information about our watershed, stormwater and other general concepts. Part two is an outdoor session where participants will practice conducting site assessments. After training is complete, program graduates will be assigned site assessments as they are requested by homeowners. But don’t worry, your trainers will be available to provide support and answer any questions! Click the image at left to learn more and to register.

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Homeowners Can Signup for Free Rainscaping Site Assessments

Once we have our first group of Rainscaping Volunteers trained, they’ll need some sites to visit! If you are interested in having a trained Rainscaping volunteer come visit your property later this spring or summer, sign up now and we’ll assign you a volunteer as soon as they are trained.

Rainscaping involves using practices to manage rain water where it falls. This includes practices like rain barrels, rain gardens and tree planting. Learn more and sign up for a site visit on our website: http://www.the-macc.org/rainscaping/ (scroll down to the Homeowners section).

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