Infiltration technique to capture runoff and reduce nonpoint source pollution
The PADL Annual Meeting on June 23, 2007 will feature Rain Gardens.
The speaker will be Ken Hobson from the Lincoln Soil and Water Conservation District.
The Salem area Soil and Water Conservation District holds a free class about Rain Gardens, and if there is interest PADL may organize a class and demonstration rain garden. Both Tillamook and Marion Counties offer classes in Rain Gardens. see below
Rain gardens are a way for homeowners as well as businesses to participate in the reduction of polluted runoff, simply by planting a specialized garden. Rain Gardens are an infiltration technique - water is captured in a garden that features native plantings, and the water has a chance to slowly filter into the ground rather than run off into the storm sewer. It is a popular way to reduce nonpoint source pollution and has been popular along the East Coast for a number of years.
- Rain Gardens - www.raingardens.org
- Rain Garden Network - www.raingardennetwork.com/
Contains all the information for planning and building a rain garden
- Rain Garden on Wikipedia - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rain_gardens
Gives the history and reasons for a rain garden
- U.S. Department of Agriculture - Natural Resources Conservation Service
Cities, Soil and Water Conservation Districts, and organizations are promoting rain gardens
Several manuals are available from other states - use plants native to our area
Oregon Convention Center (David Evans & Associates) - www.deainc.com/project
Oregon Convention Center - Portland Online - www.portlandonline.com/BES
Mt. Tabor Middle School - a green school project award, 4,000 square feet of asphalt parking area transformed in 59 days to a rain garden.
Tillamook County: April, 2007, OSU extension Rain Gardens to Improve Water Quality: Robert Emanuel, Water Resources and Community Development, OSU Sea Grant Extension Faculty. Tillamook County is blessed with over 80 inches of rain a year. Most of that rain ends up in our rivers, estuaries, and bays picking up and transporting pollution from homes, businesses and farms into these waterways. You can help reduce this type of pollution by gardening. A rain garden is a shallow depression filled with flood tolerant shrubs, flowers and grasses. It functions to collect and filter stormwater runoff before it runs into our watersheds while adding beauty to your landscape. Come learn what a rain garden is, how it works, and how you can build one easily at home.
Marion County: Marion Soil and Water Conservation offered a class in Rain Gardens in 2007.
East Multnomah County Soil and Water Conservation: rain garden brochure and website www.emswcd.org/raingarden
- Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
Lots of great information on rain gardens, a How-To Manual, and native plant lists
- Madison, Wisconsin - 1,000 Rain Gardens
- Dane County Lakes and Watershed Commission, Wisconsin
A 2-page brochure titled "How to Build a Rain Garden" (pdf file)
- University of Wisconsin Extension
UW-Extension (small brochure)
Brochure titled "Rain Gardens: A household way to improve water quality in your community" (8 pgs, pdf file)
UW-Extension (large brochure) - "A How-To Manual for Homeowners" (32 pgs, pdf file)
- Sue's Rules for Rain Gardens
A helpful website including instructions on designing, constructing, planting, and maintaining a rain garden
Other States and Organizations
- The 10,000 Rain Gardens Field of Interest fund--called Garden Angels--is with the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation. - www.rainkc.com/home/index.asp
- Cayuga Water and Conservation District, New York - download pdf
- Izaac Walton League of America - Outdoor America magazine - download pdf
- King County in Washington State - list of shoreline plants - download pdf
- Minnesota - The Blue Thumb program was started by the Rice Creek Watershed District as an outreach program to meet water quality goals identified in their strategic plan and to help their cities meet their federal Clean Water Act mandates. Now Blue Thumb reaches beyond the Rice Creek Watershed District boundaries into the Twin Cities metro area and greater Minnesota. There are currently over 60 Blue Thumb partners. www.bluethumb.org/
- Low Impact Development for Schools - Sustainable School Projects Website
This module has been developed through a Cooperative Assistance Agreement under the US EPA Office of Water 104b(3) Program in order to provide guidance to administrators, teachers, students, and parents for developing, administering, and incorporating Low Impact Development (LID) into their school community.
Illustrations: Low Impact Development for Schools
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