Rain Garden Assistance Program for
Fall Creek Watershed Residents
Have you ever wanted to install a rain garden, but didn’t know how? Well now is your chance to take advantage of a new program offered by the Fall Creek Watershed Partnership of the Hamilton, Hancock, Madison and Marion Counties' Soil & Water Conservation Districts via a Clean Water Indiana Watershed Grant from ISDA/Division of Soil Conservation. All you have to do is contact Backyard Conservation Coordinator Leslie White at (317) 773-2181 or
. This service provides both site visits and design for raingardens, native plants and other water quality conservation practices for residents who live in the Fall Creek Watershed see watershed map to left.
You might ask what is a rain garden? A rain garden is a shallow depressional area that collects water from downspouts, patios or drives. The depth and size of the rain garden is determined by how well water will infiltrate into the soil and the amount of stormwater being collected. A successfully planned rain garden will be dry 24 hours after the rain stops. A variety of plants can be selected for the raingarden. Choosing a sunny site for the garden allows for a greater variety of plants. Flowers, shrubs and trees can all be incorporated into the raingarden. Native plants are best suited. They require little maintenance, send deep roots, have multiple wildlife benefits and adjust well to wet or droughty conditions. Plant selection must include those that like moist/wet conditions in the bottom of the depression. Plants that tolerate dry to droughty conditions should be selected for the sides and top.
What can raingardens do for the environment and stormwater management? Rain gardens and native plants can filter chemicals and nutrients out of the stormwater and even lower the amount of stormwater that leaves a site, thereby keeping pollutants out of our waterways. In addition, if you have standing water or sump pump water issues outside of the drainage easement, Leslie can recommend plants that are adaptable to wet sites.
For information on how to build your own raingarden click on the link "Build Your Own Raingarden" to the left.