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Rain Gardens

... absorb water, reduce runoff, prevent flooding

What are Rain Gardens?

Rain gardens are depressional areas landscaped with perennial flowers and native vegetation that soak up rainwater. They are strategically located to capture runoff from impervious surfaces, such as roofs and streets. Rain gardens fill with a few inches of water after a storm and then water filters into the ground, rather than running off to a storm drain.

Photo of flowering rain garden in urban front yard.
This rain garden is strategically placed to capture runoff from the lawn and street. Rain gardens can also be designed to capture roof and sidewalk runoff.
Photo courtesy of Fred Rozumalski.

Find additional information about rain gardens by visiting the following websites:

More information on this topic is also available from your local NRCS or county conservation district office.