Problem

A huge source of demand on our drinking water supply comes from yard and garden irrigation. We spend good money watering plants and lawns with drinking water, while we treat rainwater as waste, sending it through gutters, downspouts, driveways, sidewalks, and pipes directly into the stormwater system. All of this rainwater is problematic for the creek downstream because it contributes to pollution and stream bank erosion, and the opportunity to capture and use the water in our yards is lost.

Downspout outlet at curb

Downspout Outlet at Curb
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Rain Garden Resources:

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Solution

A rain garden is a practical and beautiful solution for many yards. By capturing rain water in your yard and allowing it to infiltrate into the soil, you help protect the creek from pollution, reduce sedimentation and recharge groundwater sources. By planting the garden with native plants, you help attract native pollinators, increase biodiversity in the watershed, and create beautiful landscape features. There are specific guidelines to ensure that your rain garden’s site will properly capture rainwater while protecting structures on your property. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to learn more about rain gardens, be added to ECWA’s workshop list, or have your yard assessed.

Rain Garden

Rain Garden
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