By creating a rain garden, you can capture water from your downspouts and yard in a way that creates habitat for wildlife -- and protects your local streams.
A rain garden is an attractive landscaped area planted with wildflowers and other vegetation (preferably native to the area) that has been designed to collect water that runs off a roof, driveway, or other parts of a property, including area lawns. Rain gardens are intended to fill with water during storms and slowly filter the water into the ground. Rain gardens are an economical way of dealing with rainfall the way nature intended by infiltrating, slowing down, and reducing the volume of runoff that enters a stormwater system. During heavy rains, they can prevent storm sewer overflows that can end up in our rivers and streams.
Rain gardens not only keep rainwater on your property and out of the sewer system, they offer an attractive alternative to manicured lawns, adding beauty and value to a neighborhood. And, they provide important habitat for birds, butterflies, and other beneficial insects.
If you are a K-12 educator, find resources for this video through our environmental education program, EcoExpress.org: ecoexpress.org/video_detail.php?videoId=163
More information about protecting and managing stormwater with rain gardens is available through StormwaterPA.org: stormwaterpa.org/raingarden.html
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