Surface Water Management

Read the Carver Surface Water Management Summary (PDF).

Rain Gardens Make Sense

The term "rain garden" 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 rain garden is a shallow depression garden designed to catch and treat stormwater runoff, which is the leading cause of water pollution in the United States. 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.

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