Rain gardens as a public health tool

Monday, July 26th, 2010

The CDC has a project in Muncie to eliminate standing water in a poorly drained neighborhood by installing rain barrels that overflow to rain gardens.

http://www.thestarpress.com/article/20100726/NEWS01/7260324

Disconnecting the downspouts

Thursday, July 15th, 2010

As of Saturday, all of the rain gardens in Brook Run have been planted! The landscaper is working on disconnecting the downspouts that lead to each of the gardens. Each grate/riser on the pipe leading into the gardens has a small screw that the homeowner can remove if they need to get into the pipe to clean it out. Each grate/riser is covered with stone for aesthetics, as well as helping to slow and spread out water coming into the garden.

 The last baseline data was collected before the disconnections, and all water quantity data moving forward should reflect the reduction in storm water leading to the storm water system. Disconnections will continue today and into next week.

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Indianola Children’s Center

Wednesday, July 14th, 2010

swale into rain gardenIndianola Children’s Center, Indianola Presbyterian Church
1970 Waldeck Ave., Columbus
45 sqft. of rain gardens
Installed 2010

Rain garden plantings in Brook Run

Tuesday, July 6th, 2010

Eight rain gardens have been planted as of this morning in the Brook Run neighborhood rain garden project. Three to five more rain gardens are slated to be planted today, and the landscapers are working tirelessly in the scorching heat. Residents will need to water the rain gardens to help them get established and offset the rapid water loss with the warm weather. All gardens should be finished this week, and the next step is to disconnect the downspouts into the gardens. Fortunately, this step can be completed regardless of weather.

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