The City installed its first large scale rain garden at 900 Westwood Avenue in 2010, with over 4,000 plugs planted by volunteers. Rain gardens are located within depressions that collect and hold rain water for short periods of time. They contain plants with deep root structures that improve the absorption of storm water on site. These plants tolerate very wet and dry conditions and require little maintenance once established. This garden filters and cleans storm water from approximately 12 city blocks before being discharged to the Des Plaines River. In addition to removing dirt, debris and road salt, the site also reduces the volume of storm water discharge that previously contributed to local flooding problems.
For information about building your own rain garden, please visit:
+ www.RainGardenNetwork.com + The Conservation Foundation
- Rain Garden album
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