Storm Water

Raingardens Make Sense

Raingarden 1The term “raingarden” is still new, but one that is becoming more familiar to citizens and the raingardens themselves more prominent in our cities and individual yards. A raingarden is a shallow depression garden designed to catch and treat stormwater runoff, which is the leading cause of water pollution in the US. Runoff is created in areas with impervious surfaces such as roads, parking lots, roofs or even compacted soils as rain and snowmelt is unable to soak into the ground thus it “runs off” the surface. This runoff flows to the nearest lake, river, pond or wetland picking up and carrying with it pollutants on the surfaces such as sediment, nutrients, pet waste and bacteria, oils and grease.  For more information on rain gardens, see Raingardens

 

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