Record Rainfall, Rain Gardens Holding Strong

Wednesday, December 28th, 2011

This year has been a record-setting year of rain fall here in central Ohio. In Westerville where our Brook Run rain gardens are located, their local rainfall tallies 56.54″. The annual average is 38.5″. That’s 46.8% more rain than what is expected! Even still, the residential and right-of-way rain gardens at Brook Run have held up nicely, helping to prevent this unprecedented amount of rain and the pollutants it carries from entering our local waterways.

 

Brook Run rain gardens in December

Thursday, December 15th, 2011

Our rain gardens are functioning very well despite the record rainfall from this year so far. Here are a couple pictures showing one of the right-of-way rain gardens filling up with water. The first picture shows the first cell almost full, and the second picture shows the overflow from the first starting to fill in.

 

2011’s Final Newsletter Issue

Tuesday, December 6th, 2011

Click below to view/download the end of the 2011 issue of The Rain Gardener (PDF).

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Latest Brook Run Report

Monday, November 21st, 2011

Click on the link below to see the latest information from our neighborhood rain garden project in the Brook Run subdivision in the City of Westerville.

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Brook Run plants in bloom

Tuesday, July 5th, 2011

The other day while out collecting some of our monitoring data, a few pictures were taken of some of the plants in bloom in the right-of-way rain gardens! Coreopsis, false sunflower ‘Summer Nights’, and swamp milkweed are pictured:

On Wednesday, Brook Run was highlighted at this year’s Ohio Stormwater Conference as a tour stop the day before conference sessions. That same morning, Franklin Soil and Water dedicated Brook Run as their first Water Quality Partnership Neighborhood. Westerville Mayor Kathy Cocuzzi, CORGI members, and partners of the project joined the group during the morning, and it was featured on NBC4 that evening with interviews from Brook Run residents, the mayor, and Derek Schlea (the OSU graduate student working on monitoring).

Thanks to everyone for making this project such a success! We look forward to presenting the project and monitoring results at today’s Ohio Stormwater Conference in the “Monitoring, Modeling, and Research” track!

Right-of-way gardens during the rain

Wednesday, May 4th, 2011

Even with all the rain we’ve had, the rain gardens in the right-of-ways at Brook Run are functioning beautifully. April 2011 was the wettest on record, but during an early May rain the first rain garden cells were still filling up and infiltrating. Once the first cell was filled, the water bypassed it and flowed to the next one.

Upcoming Event

Wednesday, April 27th, 2011

Franklin Soil and Water Conservation District will be dedicating our Brook Run neighborhood rain garden project as their first Water Quality Partnership Neighborhood on May 11th at 10am. Special speakers will be attending, as well as media, to help highlight the project’s successes so far.

New preliminary data is showing an 80% reduction in storm water. We’re looking forward to the new growth that has started in all of the rain gardens, and hopefully to even better data with the plants’ maturity!

2011 Quarterly Newsletter, Issue 2

Tuesday, April 12th, 2011

Click below to view/download this year’s second issue of The Rain Gardener (PDF).

Newsletter Vol. 2, Issue 2

2010 Annual Report

Thursday, February 3rd, 2011

Click below to view our 2010 Annual Report in PDF:

CORGI 2010 Annual Report

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