Finally we have some dry soil! Our landscaper has been working this week to till up the rain gardens on the residential properties. Between yesterday and today, several rain gardens have been tilled, leaf compost has been added, and the gardens have been graded. Tilling will continue tomorrow and Thursday, and planting should start this Friday! Several gardens have tarps on them in case it rains – this will help keep the soil dry until they can be tilled. After those gardens have been tilled, the tarps will move to the gardens first in line to be planted.
Also, three rain gardens needed small retaining walls due to the slope on the properties. Those have been completed.
The Central Ohio Rain Garden Initiative is pleased overall with the progress of the Brook Run rain garden installations, however wet weather has been holding up the process. The sod has been removed from the oulined shapes of each of the garden spots, but that soil needs to be tilled up to help offset compaction and give the plants’ roots a little help in getting established. Soil generally should not be worked when too wet, so there has been a slight delay in the installations. Hopefully this weekend will prove to be drier, then the gardens can be tilled and planted. Let’s keep our fingers crossed for dry weather then rain!
Ohio State President, Dr. E. Gordon Gee, visited with FABE students during their poster presentation at the OSU Capstone Design Showcase hosted the College of Engineering on May 28th. Shown in the picture from left of right are Phil Cherosky, Kevin White, President Gee, and Adam Peterca (Ryan Schmid, the fourth group member, could not attend due to a class conflict). This FABE capstone team is collaborating with CORGI and the City of Westerville to design the right-of-way rain gardens to reduce storm water discharges and improve water quality in the Brook Run subdivision.
Click on the link to view the final designs for the right-of-way gardens for the neighborhood project produced by the OSU students – final designs_060110.
Sod removal is complete for almost all the homes in the neighborhood! A couple properties required a stone retention wall due to the slope of the yard, and those are being completed today. Tilling of the gardens will happen Thursday and Friday. Planting will start next week. Thanks to all the residents for their patience and enthusiasm! Thanks to our landscaper (Jim Roberts of Watershed Organic Lawn Care and his crew) for all their hard work!
The installation of the rain gardens in the Brook Run neighborhood are starting soon! The properties will be marked and outlined on May 10th, and excavation will begin May 17th. The installations should take roughly 2 weeks, depending on weather. After the residential rain gardens collecting downspout rain water are complete, the implementation of the gardens in the right-of-ways to collect road drainage will begin. We will keep this site updated with photos as the project progresses!
A meeting will be held on Thursday April 29th at 6:30pm at the Innis House at Inniswood Metro Gardens for Brook Run residents. We will be discussing logistics, questions, and the timeline of the installations of the residential and right-of-ways rain gardens. Rain gardens are planned to be installed in mid-May.
Residents receiving rain gardens through our neighborhood rain garden grant project should attend to ask questions and find out details!
Please contact Stephanie to RSVP to this event: 614-486-9613 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Reminder postcards will go out to residents soon.
The Central Ohio Rain Garden Initiative is partnering with The Ohio State University and the Franklin Soil and Water Conservation District on yet another grant to assist with the neighborhood rain garden project in Brook Run. A grant of nearly $200,000 was awarded from the Ohio Water Development Authority to help enhance the already underway OEEF grant. This newest grant is helping to install 4-6 roadside rain gardens that will collect water from the roadways, which includes water that runs off homes into their downspouts that outlet into the street. The grant also helped to install monitoring equipment in the cul-de-sac area near the bridge, as well as equipment to monitor storm water runoff in a control neighborhood just north of Brook Run. Modeling is another aspect of the grant to help communities predict the impact of rain gardens on a neighborhood level.
The installation of these rain gardens will occur in early June after the 18 residential rain gardens have been installed. Drafts of the designs are being created by OSU students. Most likely volunteers will be recruited to help plant the gardens once the soil and curb cuts have been prepared.
During the late fall and this winter, we have been working on our rain garden design layouts for our rain garden neighborhood project in the Brook Run subdivision in Westerville. The rain gardens will be installed in late May, early June this year. Below are the layout plans. The shapes and styles are mix-and-match, and the chosen planting list for each resident will be dependent upon the light requirements of the spot picked for the residents’ gardens.
“Bird & Butterfly/S-curve” rain garden layout
“Mixed Border/Half-Moon” rain garden layout
“Shrub Border/Raindrop” rain garden layout
Letters will be going out this week to residents in the Brook Run neighborhood outlining some next steps and reminders. The landscaper will contact and meet with the residents individually next month to go over details, then we will meet with the neighborhood as a group in April to discuss the timeline and details of the installation days.
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.