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Rain Gardens on Campus (In Progress)
Rain gardens take advantage of rainfall and runoff and, therefore, reduce the need for watering. These gardens are also a helpful design in areas that are prone to flooding. The gardens are designed to withstand the chemicals and nutrients that are often present in rainwater. They reduce runoff since they allow stormwater to soak into the ground, instead of slowing into storm drains and cause erosion, water pollution, flooding, and diminished groundwater. Rain gardens are attractive and may support birds and butterflies. Native plants are often used in rain gardens since they don’t require fertilizer and are more adept to the local climate, soil, and water conditions.
Rain gardens are a good option for planted spaces on the University campus since they add a sustainable aspect to what are still attractive spaces while reducing watering and flooding concerns.