Create a Rain Garden

Installing rain gardens can help prevent local flooding and water pollution while creating valuable plant and wildlife habitat in the process! A rain garden works by collecting stormwater runoff from a roof, driveway, or parking lot that would otherwise flow to the street or storm drain. The water temporarily ponds on the surface of the garden and then slowly filters through the soil. The garden is planted with a mix of hearty native plants that can withstand brief periods of standing water yet be able to tolerate extended periods of dryness. These plants filter out pollutants and support wildlife. Often spots that may work for a rain garden are also good locations for a rain barrel project!

Volunteers plant a newly-constructed rain garden

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