Thursday, December 2, 2010

Rain Gardens Are Sprouting Up Everywhere - Science Daily

Rain Gardens Are Sprouting Up Everywhere

ScienceDaily (Dec. 1, 2010) — Rain gardens are increasingly popular with homeowners and municipalities and are mandatory for many communities nationally. U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists are finding ways to improve rain gardens so they not only reduce runoff, but also keep toxic metals out of storm drains.

ARS hydrologist Douglas Boyer (right) and Beckley Sanitary Board operations manager Jeremiah Johnson discuss the performance of a rain garden constructed from local materials. The rain garden is being tested for its ability to reduce storm water runoff, increase infiltration, and remove excess nutrients and other pollutants from the runoff water before it gets to streams or other bodies of water. (Credit: Photo by Stephen Ausmus)
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