Rain Gardens

A very easy way to help with water pollution can be found in your own yard in the form of a rain garden. A rain garden is simple to create and probably the most beautiful way to reduce water pollution. Any water that is allowed to seep into the ground rather than running directly into a storm sewer benefits water quality.

A rain garden will absorb the water and release it slowly. This reduces water runoff which can easily pick up fertilizers, pesticides and other contaminants that can be carried into our waterways. A rain garden is a shallow depression in the ground. You can even select an area in your yard that may have a low place and create a rain garden. You can fill this area with all kinds of perennials and shrubs which will create an attractive, low maintenance area in your yard.

Finally, you can be as creative as you want. A rain garden can be small or large and filled with all kinds of plants.