Learn the Perks of Rain Gardens

Learn the Perks of Rain Gardens

Lewisburg, PA. It has been an all too common sight here in the Central Susquehanna Valley this summer; RAIN. With every rain storm, pollutants are washed from rooftops, roadways, driveways, parking lots, and even sidewalks into our treasured waterways. This influx of rain water runoff increases the severity of flooding events and adds undesirable pollutants to our rivers and streams.

But what if this didn’t have to be the norm? What if there was a way we could capture rain water and allow it to percolate through the soil to recharge our groundwater, while reducing erosion and flooding?

One of the most effective solutions is through the use of Rain Gardens. Rain Gardens are specially designed green infrastructure that work to slow, retain, and even filter rain water runoff using our landscapes. Through the use of intentional design and plant selection, rain gardens are able to halt the flow of runoff, thereby allowing the water to seep back into the ground
while removing harmful pollutants like nitrogen and phosphorus.  

 “Rain gardens allow water to be absorbed into the ground within a day or two, therein lessening the flow of water and pollutants into our rivers,” says SGP River Town Program Coordinator Trish Carothers. “Plus a well-designed rain garden is visually appealing, can provide habitat for pollinators, and because the water does not remain for long periods of time, mosquitos are unable to breed in them.”

The Susquehanna Greenway Partnership (SGP), Columbia County Conservation District, and Penn State Extension Master Gardeners of Columbia County are coming together to host a Rain Garden Workshop and Installation on Saturday September 9, 2017 in Bloomsburg. Attendees will learn how to design, install, and maintain a rain garden during this unique workshop and hands-on installation.

The Rain Garden Workshop will begin at 9 AM at the Columbia County Conservation District and run until roughly 2:30 PM with a hands-on rain garden installation at Kocher Park. Registration is required; visit www.susquehannagreenway.org/raingarden or call 570-522-7244. The $5 registration fee includes lunch, all educational materials, and snacks.

The project has been made possible through a Bella Grazia Grant awarded by the Luzerne County Foundation, as well as grants from the Chesapeake Bay Commission and Foundation for the Pennsylvania Watersheds.

About the Susquehanna Greenway Partnership:

The Susquehanna Greenway Partnership is a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing the Susquehanna Greenway, which is a network of conserved lands, trails, and communities that run along the Susquehanna River within Pennsylvania. Our mission is to envision, create and sustain a greenway along the Susquehanna River, to highlight River Towns, and to enhance the lives of current and future generations. We work toward our mission through the implementation of our three program areas: Trails (both land and water), River Towns, and Education & Outreach.