Monitoring equipment installed

Thursday, October 8th, 2009

The monitoring equipment for the neighborhood rain garden project in the Brook Run subdivision has been installed. A flow/velocity meter and a rain gauge were set up to record storm water events in the outlet pipe for the neighborhood. Monitoring will last for three years, recording data before and after installation of all the rain gardens.

flow meter rain gauge

Project update

Wednesday, August 26th, 2009

The Central Ohio Rain Garden Initiative (CORGI) has chosen the Brook Run neighborhood in Westerville to install 20 rain gardens next year. Education of rain gardens through this project has reached over 250,000 central Ohio residents so far through brochures, workshops, newsletters, news articles, and television news stories. The project funded by the OEPA’s Ohio Environmental Education Fund will include storm water runoff monitoring before and after the installation of rain gardens to determine how effective the rain gardens are in reducing storm water from the area, preventing it from entering and polluting Condit-Nichols Ditch, a tributary to Spring Run.

The monitoring equipment will be installed in September. Rain garden designs are being developed, and the residents will have their choice in the type and style of rain garden to be installed. Underground utilities are being marked this week, and site assessments of the individual properties will begin next week. The residents are very excited to be involved in the neighborhood project, and the City of Westerville is more than enthusiastic in this partnership effort.

Neighborhood Workshops

Monday, March 30th, 2009

Congratulations to the Brook Run subdivision in Westerville! Their neighborhood has been chosen for our rain garden installation project! CORGI is working to plan details for our next steps, and Brook Run residents can meet with us for discussion and preliminary planning on August 13th at the Inniswood Metro Gardens’ Innis House at 6:30pm.

We would like to thank the Maize-Morse neighborhood, Buckeye Grove neighborhood, the City of Columbus, and the Village of Marble Cliff for their wonderful participation and feedback throughout this process! We hope to work together on rain gardens in the future in these communities. Residents in these neighborhoods will also be contacted about the results of this first part of our project’s process.

Through funding from Ohio EPA’s Ohio Environmental Education Fund (OEEF), the Central Ohio Rain Garden Initiative targeted 4 neighborhoods in Franklin County for rain garden education and implementation of 15-20 rain gardens (in spring-summer of 2010). Each neighborhood workshop was held in April 2009, and residents who showed up for the workshops were very excited to learn about rain gardens and for the possibility of their neighborhood to be chosen for our project. Follow-up surveys were sent to residents who did not attend the workshop to gauge their interest in rain gardens and the possibility of installation.

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