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Entries that score 100% will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win a $100 GIFT CARD from Petittis Garden Centers
All entries must be received by 4:00 pm, Friday, November 3, 2023
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DRAWING WILL BE HELD AT THE TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 2023 CITY COUNCIL MEETING
WHAT IS A RAINGARDEN?
Raingardens are an attractive feature that can be planted in your yard to help reduce the amount of rainwater runoff leaving your yard. By capturing runoff, rain gardens allow water to soak into the ground. As the water drains through the rain garden, pollutants and other contaminants filter out. This helps reduce the amount of pollutants entering the stormwater system and ultimately our streams, lakes, and other waterways.
HOW DOES A RAINGARDEN WORK?
Raingardens work with nature to collect and filter rainwater that runs off impervious surfaces like rooftops and driveways. Impervious surfaces lead to increases in surface runoff and often result in increased flooding and stream bank erosion. As water travels over impervious surfaces, it also has the potential to pick up pollutants. Polluted stormwater runoff enters our rivers and lakes and is one of the leading threats to water quality in the United States.
The raingarden intercepts the stormwater before it gets to the storm drain and ultimately, the nearest stream or river. The native plants in the rain garden have deep roots, which filter out toxins such as pesticides and animal waste. Surface runoff is slowed down, preventing erosion of sediments, which is the number one source of pollution in our streams and lakes.
Raingardens naturally manage stormwater by infiltrating precipitation and allowing it to soak into the ground rather than sending it directly to storm sewers and nearby streams untreated. The conservation practice of raingarden installation can provide any private or commercial property owner with the opportunity to improve water quality and reduce stormwater runoff.
So, rain gardens not only improve the quality of surface and groundwater, but also improve the quality of life for all of the plants and animals that live in and around our surface waters.
WHERE SHOULD RAINGARDENS BE INSTALLED?
If there is really a low spot that stays wet all the time, the raingarden should be placed between the water source and the low spot where water naturally flows and puddles. It is recommended to plant wetland plants in a low spot that is wet for more than two weeks in the growing season. A variety of native plants and rocks can be used to make your rain garden.
Information on how to install raingardens can be found at https://sswcd.summitoh.net If you would like to discuss your raingarden installation, feel free to call Summit Soil and Water Conservation District at 330-929-2871.
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