One of the most effective ways you can use your own property to reduce stormwater runoff is to install a rain garden.

Create a Rain Garden Rainwater Hazard Waste

A rain garden is an attractive and elegant method of reducing stormwater runoff and promoting native species.

Rain gardens are designed to capture stormwater runoff through a landscaped depression that allows water to soak into the ground instead of running into streets or storm drains.

Restore Rainwater

In developed areas, the natural filtration system for stormwater has been disrupted. Instead of forests and meadows, the land is covered with hard surfaces such as roads, sidewalks, rooftops and driveways. Stormwater runoff is created when rain flows over the hard surfaces picking up oils, trash and lawn chemicals along the way. Stormwater runoff from these surfaces overwhelms the ability of the soil to absorb the water.

A rain garden redirects stormwater to control flooding, naturally filter polluted runoff, and protect our streams. This type of landscaping can be installed in yards, parks, schools, and commercial properties.

Rain Garden Benefits

  • Protects streams from flooding and pollution

  • Filters polluted runoff naturally

  • Recharges groundwater supplies

  • Attracts and provides habitat for pollinators and birds

Build your Rain Garden

Rain gardens can transform many parts of your yard into habitat for native plants and a system to capture stormwater runoff. From the design plan to the actual planting of the rain garden, the following resources can provide guidance and help for your yard.