Rain gardens are a great way to manage stormwater run-off. They provide a filter to pollutants that are found in rain water before it enters that lake. They also provide habitat for pollinators & beautify your yard.
Rain gardens are designed to collect and hold rainwater from downspouts, driveways, and sidewalks for a short time, allowing the water to slowly seep back into the ground. When planted with the right types of plants, rain gardens also provide food and habitat for bees, birds, butterflies and other beneficial wildlife.
The plants and soil in a rain garden filter pollutants which are picked up within the storm water. This prevents chemicals and nutrients from reaching our lakes, streams and rivers, reducing negative affects such as algae blooms and invasive aquatic weeds.
Using native plants in your rain garden has the benefits of attracting the pollinators and soaking up more water due to their extensive root systems. They are often easier to maintain.
In June 2022 the first END OF STREET rain garden was installed at the end of Overland Lane. The goal is to capture the 8000 sq feet of run-off (from a 1" rain) that flows down the street and into Harrisons Bay. By filtering the run-off we can improve the water quality in Harrisons Bay
In fall of 2022 we applied for the Hennepin County Good Steward Grant for $25,000 to expand the end of street rain gardens. In March 2023 we were awarded the grant. In partnership with lakeshore residents at Eagle, Cardinal and Apple we will begin working on the installations of the rain gardens and lake front buffers at the end of these streets. Stay tuned for more information.
If you are interested in partnering with the association to add end of street rain gardens to your street, please send an email to email@example.com.
Plants help improve water quality. They slow down the flow of storm water and their extensive roots soak up any pollutants before they make their way into our bay.
Lawns are ecosystems that affect surface and groundwater systems. Lawn grasses clean the environment by absorbing gaseous pollutants and intercepting pesticides, fertilizers, dust, and sediment.
Learn about ways to use stormwater and keep it from picking up pollutants that harm our bay
Plant buffers near the lake can provide valuable filtration of pollutants as rain water flows to the lake
Rain gardens filter pollutants from storm water run-off, provide habitat for pollinators & beautify your yard
Rain barrels are a great way to capture water for watering your plants, reducing run-off and conserving water