Rain gardens are a great way to add an aesthetic element that serves a purpose besides being pleasant to look at. A rain garden has numerous advantages- bird/butterfly habitat, reduces mosquito breeding, conserves water, filters off pollutants, enhance sidewalk appeal etc…
Antelope Creek, which runs through the heart of Lincoln, has been removed from the national list of impaired waters.
Antelope Creek’s E. coli bacteria levels were more than 25 times the water quality standard when it was added to the Clean Water Act list of impaired waters in 2004.
Fifteen stormwater quality improvement projects, two major flood control projects, rain gardens, and permeable pavers have not only cleaned the creek, but made a viable outdoor recreation area with about eleven miles of bike trail.
Photo: Antelope Creek November 2014, L. Sato
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.