University of Missouri Extension will be holding a workshop titled ‘Healthy Yards for Clear Streams’ to help homeowners become more eco-friendly with their lawn care practices. “Water quality in urban areas is directly related to storm water runoff from residential yards, streets, parking lots and other spaces,” said Marlin Bates, coordinator of the workshop. Because homeowners apply more chemicals per acre than farmers use on crops, it is important to understand the best approaches to managing a landscape. Participants will learn about the importance of water quality and how they can become better stewards of the environment by incorporating simple approaches to landscape maintenance. Topics for the workshop include discussing why to make the connection between our yards and our water systems, an overview of soils, healthy lawn care, and practical tips that can easily be adopted by homeowners. “Our hope is that by being introduced to these concepts, homeowners will be more aware of their ability to improve the environment by making wiser decisions,” said Bates. The workshop will be held on Thursday, April 8, 2010 from 5:30-8:30 pm in the Platte County Resource Center at 11724 NW Plaza Circle, Kansas City, MO 64153. Registration is $15, and is limited to 50 participants. To register, contact Marlin Bates, Horticulture Specialist, MU Extension at (816) 270-2141 or email@example.com by Friday, April 2.