We regularly receive questions about Brook Run and refer to the project for those municipalities and residents interested in rain gardens. The variety of garden designs and their visibility often provide much-needed education and motivation. Dr. Jay Martin, Professor of Ecological Engineering at The Ohio State University, continues to facilitate water quality tests with students. Read More
An updated report with our neighborhood rain garden project information, data, and costs is now available! Click here to view or download: brook run project report_may2012
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.
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.
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.
StormCon 2011 (the nationwide storm water conference put on by Stormwater Magazine and other sponsors) was a huge success this year! Stephanie Suter (Franklin Soil and Water Conservation District) and Cathy Eichel (Brown and Caldwell) presented our Brook Run project at this conference. The presentation was well received, and lots of great contacts were made. Aspects of the project that were covered were: outreach/education, residential rain gardens, and right-of-way rain gardens.
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:
Check out our video on part of the rain garden installation process on YouTube! Brook Run Neighborhood Rain Garden Project