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Rain Gardens

Have you ever considered installing a rain garden on your property?  There may be funding sources to help you build one–join our Watershed Stewards group on Google to learn more.

A rain garden is a small depression filled with native plants which captures stormwater runoff.  The garden holds the water as it slowly infiltrates the substrate and recharges the groundwater underneath.

Did you know a rain garden can help coral reefs?  It does!  By trapping runoff and diverting it to our groundwater, we can reduce the sediment that has been flowing into the sea.  This sediment clouds the water for several days which can cause coral polyps to die.  In addition, runoff gathers whatever trash or chemicals they run through and can pollute our beautiful oceans.  Sometimes, these pollutants cause algal blooms and can make the water unsafe to swim in.  Fortunately, the earth helps filter some pollutants before stormwater captured in a rain garden reaches the groundwater.

Download this pdf to read about Rain Gardens and find ten easy steps to install one!
RC&D How To Rain Garden

By using native, hardy plants that can withstand both drought and temporary inundation, rain gardens are super easy to care for.

A rain garden installed at Pearl B. Larsen in 2010 with USDA NRCS and VI RC&D.

A rain garden installed at Pearl B. Larsen in 2010.

By capturing your stormwater runoff, rain gardens can reduce flooding and erosion on your and neighboring properties!

Another nice rain garden in St. Croix

A nice rain garden in St. Croix

Best of all–rain gardens beautify your property!!

A rain garden on St. Croix

Another view of a rain garden on St. Croix

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