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Rain garden from lobby -pleasant view and storm water management. Main point at which water from roof is harvested and collected is unique waterfall scupper designed as landscape art. Rainwater collected on roof flows down column of stainless steel cables

Beautiful, healthy ideas to deal with needed filtering of storm water runoff, a major source of river pollution - http://www.pinterest.com/pin/271834527483904223/

Waterwise street makeover -- Curbside bioswales (rain garden ditches) capture rainwater and let it absorb slowly into the ground, and can still be lovely even when dry

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Why we needed a rain garden-pic4

Rain Garden & Swales  ***  How to hold rainwater on your property just long enough until it has slowly soaked into the ground.

Rain Garden & Swales *** How to hold rainwater on your property just long enough until it has slowly soaked into the ground.

Why we needed a rain garden-pic1  Our driveway and street

Why we needed a rain garden-pic1 Our driveway and street

Storm water management

I would have jammed a bunch of Juncus sp (rushes) and Carex sp (sedges) in the lowest part of the garden which can tolerate the heaviest water levels.

Shallow catch basins planted as flower beds, rain gardens allow water to pool during a downpour, then slowly percolate into the soil. Where a swale is mostly a travel route for water, a rain garden is a destination. A fast-draining soil mix encourages water to sink in and promotes lush plant growth. Runoff may flow into a rain garden from a swale or pipe, or may simply run in from a sloping yard.

Best Ways to Deal with Storm Water

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Why we needed a rain garden-pic3

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