Rain gardens are designed to collect rainwater run-off, slow its movement, allowing it to filter back into the ground conducting it back into the water table.
When planted with native vegetation, rain gardens are pollinator friendly, can help reduce localized flooding, and filter surface run-off that would otherwise drain directly into our river protecting and improving local water quality.
The NB Media Co-op has some more in-depth background information on rain gardens and tips on how you can get started.
We are working to support local landowners who want to build their own rain gardens. If you are a local landowner or business in the watershed with publicly accessible lawn and are looking to build a rain garden, that might serve to educate the public on their value, please contact us.