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.
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.
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