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Image of Rain Garden under construction (left), completed (right). Click on thumbnail to see an enlarged view.
Image of Rain Garden under construction (left),
completed (right).  Click on image to enlarge.

A simple, yet effective method to control stormwater is through the use of rain gardens. Also known as bioretention areas, rain gardens are small vegetated depressions that collect, store, and infiltrate stormwater runoff.  They contain various soil types from clays to sands and size varies depending on area drained and available space.  The design of a rain garden involves the hydrologic cycle, nonpoint pollutant treatment, resource conservation, habitat creation, nutrient cycles, soil chemistry, horticulture, landscape architecture, and ecology. Beyond its use for stormwater control, the rain garden provides aesthetically pleasing landscaping and a natural habitat for birds and butterflies.  Finally, rain gardens promote sustainable design practices while encouraging environmental stewardship and community pride.

To continue choose a step from the list below:
Step 1 - Let's Begin
Step 2 - Goals/Objectives & Budget
Step 3 - Gather Information
Step 4 - Location & Size
Step 5 - Designing
Step 6 - Selecting Plants
Step 7 - Design Review & Obtaining Permission
Step 8 - Preliminary Plans for Construction Day
Step 9 - Construction
Step 10 - Advertise
Step 11 - Develop Timeline
Step 12 - Construction Day
Step 13
- Maintenance
Step 14
- Write Summary Report

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  Benefits  
 


Sustainable School Projects will:

  • Help reduce impacts of stormwater runoff

  • Develop educational and recreational landscapes

  • Provide sense of ownership and pride

  • Enhance community awareness

  • Support current curriculum

  • Low cost to school

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