Environment Erie

Rain Gardens and Barrels

Jan 25, 2011 | Posted in Restoration Success Stories

Jr. PLEWA Rain Barrel

Storm water runoff is a problem that every city faces. After a strong rain, water has no place to go except down a storm drain and into the nearest steam or lake. But it’s not just water that is flowing into our waterways. Oils and other transportation fluids, salt, sediment, fertilizers and pet waste will all be carried by the runoff and polluting our watershed. But there are ways that we can help prevent this by planting rain gardens and installing rain barrels.

Rain Gardens

Rain gardens are beautiful, natural landscape features that can help reduce storm water runoff. During heavy storms rain gardens capture runoff and hold so that is can be absorbed into the ground rather than flowing down the street and into a storm drain. Native plants, mulch and soil work together to naturally filter out pollutants and break them down over time. To learn more about how the benefits of rain gardens and how to build one please click here (http://learningstore.uwex.edu/assets/pdfs/GWQ037.pdf ).

Rain Barrels

Rain barrels are another easy way to reduce storm water runoff as well as conserving water. They collect water from roof tops and store it so it can be used at another time for lawn and garden watering. For more information about building your own rain barrel please click here.