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What is a Rain Garden?
A rainwater garden is a shallow depression dug into the ground that captures rainwater and snowmelt running off hard surfaces. They reduce the volume of water that enters the storm sewer system and ultimately enters local waterbodies. Rain gardens not only reduce pollution from street runoff and infiltrate water back into the ground, but they also enhance home landscaping. 

Please refer to the links at left for more information about rain gardens and rain garden studies that have been conducted in Burnsville.  If you are interested in attending a free workshop to learn how to design and construct your own rain garden, click here

More information about rain gardens:
University of Wisconsin's Rain Gardens: A How-To Manual for Homeowners (pdf file)
Blue Thumb Create-A-Raingarden webpage

Adopt-A-Rain Garden
Help maintain City rain gardens. This involves pulling weeds and other general gardening activities. Gardening experience preferred.

Time Commitment:
Variable, at least a few hours is preferred.
Spring through fall

Three rain gardens total located at Alimagnet Park, Lac Lavon Park and 145th Street (near Wood Park). Also, native plant garden at Kraemer Nature Preserve.

Liz Forbes at 952-895-4518

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