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Rain Gardens: Saving Streams One Yard at a Time


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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 deal with rainfall the way nature intended by infiltrating, slowing down, and reducing the volume of runoff that enters a stormwater system. During heavy rains, these beautiful gardens can prevent storm sewer overflows that can end up in our rivers and streams. This helps combat the increased rainfall that is a result of climate change. In all weather conditions, these gardens provide important habitat for birds, butterflies, and other beneficial insects.

Climate Connections: Rain gardens are a green infrastructure tool being employed by cities to prepare for and adapt to climate change. Check out the Climate Connections in Teacher Resources!

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