Wikipedia describes a rain garden as a planted depression or a hole that allows rainwater runoff from impervious urban areas, like roofs, driveways, walkways, parking lots, and compacted lawn areas, the opportunity to be absorbed. This reduces rain runoff by allowing stormwater to soak into the ground (as opposed to flowing into storm drains and surface waters which causes erosion, water pollution, flooding, and diminished groundwater). They can be designed for specific soils and climates. The purpose of a rain garden is to improve water quality in nearby bodies of water. Rain gardens can cut down on the amount of pollution reaching creeks and streams by up to 30%.
The Upper White River Watershed Alliance (UWRWA) is currently accepting grant applications for native shorelines and rain gardens on shoreline properties around Morse Reservoir. Participating landowners will receive a sign to post in their yard proudly stating that they are doing their part to make a difference for water quality. Please download the application packets to get started in this exciting initiative! This opportunity will expire on October 31, 2013.
- Native shorelines are eligible for 75% of costs up to $2000.
- Rain gardens are eligible for 75% up to $2500.