Westerville Neighborhood Rain Garden Project launched

The Brook Run subdivision in Westerville has been named Franklin Soil and Water Conservation District’s first Water Quality Partnership Neighborhood. The Brook Run Neighborhood Rain Garden Project was recently dedicated with a tour of the project’s 16 residential rain gardens, the five right-of-way gardens, and the outfall where the flow meter is installed to collect monitoring data.

This 30-month neighborhood rain garden project is the only residential rain garden project in Ohio where monitoring data quantifies the reduction in rainwater runoff. It has gained national and statewide attention, and will be presented at the StormCon Conference in California this August. Funding was provided by the Ohio EPA Ohio Environmental Education Fund, the Ohio Water Development Authority, and in-kind services from partners Franklin Soil and Water, the City of Westerville, The Ohio State University, and Central Ohio Rain Garden Initiative. Similar projects in other states using clusters of small storm water infiltration practices have been shown to reduce downstream flooding and the costs to municipalities of installing additional storm water infrastructure.

For more information, please visit http://www.franklinswcd.org/.

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Posted on May 29, 2011, in Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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