Central Ohio Rain Garden Initiative
On this site you can find general information about rain gardens, installation, sizing, example plants, design ideas, rain gardening tips for each season, our recently awarded grant project, and technical resources.
Why rain gardens?
Rain gardens are a natural way to use rain water as a resource instead of a waste product. Every time it rains or snow melts, large amounts of water from our rooftops, roads, sidewalks, and parking lots are carried through our storm water system and drain directly into our creeks and streams. This storm water collects pollutants and creates flooding that is harmful to property owners, stream life, and our drinking water. Rain gardens are an easy, cost-efficient way to slow and decrease the amount of storm water runoff from our own properties that enters our natural waterways. They can help enhance the beauty of our neighborhoods and the quality of our stream water and stream life.