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Rain Gardens

What is a Rain Garden?

Simply put, a shallow, landscaped depression that naturally slows and filters stormwater runoff (like a living, eco-friendly sponge!).

How Does a Rain Garden Work?

Rain water is routed to the garden where the combination of soil and native plants mimics Mother Nature, helping restore a more natural water cycle.  Less runoff and pollutants means healthier local streams, rivers and lakes.

Benefits of a Rain Garden

Enhance your property value
Create a beautiful addition to your landscape
Lower the water volume entering storm systems
Reduce stormwater-related flooding
Decrease rooftop and surface runoff
Filter pollutants safely and naturally
Improve water quality and reduce erosion
Provide food and habitat for beneficial wildlife
Increase biodiversity

Why Rain Gardens?

Even in a light rain, the roofs, driveways, sidewalks, streets and other impervious surfaces of urban and suburban communities shed millions of gallons of water that once would have been absorbed and filtered by the earth.
This runoff gathers pollutants and picks up speed as it goes and ultimately pours into our creeks, streams, and lakes, eroding shorelines and fouling the water.
The expanding amount of impervious surfaces inour communities prevents rainwater from reaching and recharging our groundwater supply and disrupts the natural water cycle causing excessive and polluted runoff, decreased biodiversity, and loss of habitat.
We are losing many of the benefits of one of our most valuable natural resources--rainwater.  In the process, we are ending up with problems that have significant environmental and financial costs.  But we can easily do better, and the answer is surprisingly low-tech.


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