Waterwise Wednesday: Rain Gardens

Rain gardens capture and infiltrate runoff from roofs, driveways, and other impervious surfaces. Rain gardens not only recharge groundwater supplies, but also clean out pollutants, create pollinator habitat, increase property value, and provide year round visual interest for your home.

Check out this interactive rain garden animation from UNL extension.

Downspout Redirection

Downspout Redirection

Take full advantage of the rain showers this spring by redirecting your downspouts onto your yards. Make sure your downspouts deposit rainwater where it can be put to good use. The amount of rainwater that gets into the street will be greatly reduced and your gardens and yards will benefit greatly from it. Remember to try to direct rainwater at least 5 feet from house foundations to prevent potential leakage! For more information visit the Water Environment and Reuse Foundation.

Post-Construction Stormwater Management

Post-Construction Stormwater Management

Minimum Control Measure (MCM) #5 of the Stormwater Management Plan

The purpose of this MCM is to ensure the quality of water leaving a previously completed construction site remains continuously treated prior to leaving the property. With the implementation of specifically required Stormwater Treatment Facilities (STFs) the quality of water will have the best chance of remaining clean prior to entering the receiving waters of the state (Platte and Wood Rivers).

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Rain Garden
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Rain Garden Designs

The implementation of a rain garden into a residential/commercial/industrial lot adds many things. The flowers add a peaceful presence that wasn’t otherwise there. A distraction is welcomed from the usual buildings and roads that are ever-present. A rain garden also improves the quality of stormwater runoff and minimizes stormwater pollution. The purpose of a rain garden is to improve water quality in nearby bodies of water and to ensure that rainwater becomes available for plants as groundwater rather than being sent through stormwater drains straight to the nearest waterway.

For information on rain gardens please click on the links below.

http://www.raingardennetwork.com/

https://www.thisoldhouse.com/how-to/how-to-build-rain-garden-to-filter-run

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