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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. In all weather conditions, these gardens provide important habitat for birds, butterflies, and other beneficial insects.

Yassir Falih won our Rain Gardens Lesson Plan contest. Check out Mr. Falih's winning teacher materials on the right!

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