Rain Gardens naturally protect our water sources and look good doing it, too!
In the Great Lakes region, we are intimately connected to one of the largest fresh water systems on Earth, a full 20% of the world's fresh surface water. And that water is being threatened by the way we've built and landscaped our communities to manage rain and stormwater, now the leading source of water pollution in the Great Lakes!
When rain and snowmelt flow off our yards, roofs, sidewalks, roads and parking lots, the resulting stormwater runoff washes pollution into our streams, rivers and lakes. But it doesn't have to work this way: Nature intends for rain to soak into the soil, replenish groundwater supplies, be taken up by and filtered by plants, and enter our surface waters as clean, cool groundwater, nurturing and nourishing our world.
This is where rain gardens come in.
A rain garden is a special kind of garden designed to collect and absorb runoff from a roof or parking lot. By planting a rain garden, you can help reduce water pollution in your community!