Rain gardens capture runoff water from impervious areas such as roofs, patios and driveways and allow it to seep into the ground which contributes to a healthier watershed.
Benefits to local ecosystems
Rain gardens increase the amount of water that filters into the ground instead of rushing into a ditch or storm drain. This results in reduced flooding and erosion. Additionally, they also capture and reduce the amount of suspended solids, chemicals etc. that make their way into our local lakes, streams and rivers.
Rain gardens can provide local habitats for birds, insects and other pollinators which in turn are extremely beneficial for local ecology.
Located to the east of the schoolhouse, the Lichtenwalter rain garden captures runoff water from the schoolhouse's roof and allows better absorption to the ground to provide a healthier surrounding ecosystem. The City's Living Green Task Force developed this project from design to completion.
The City of Green Engineering Department has "adopted" the rain garden and will work to keep it properly maintained and flourishing.