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What is a Rain Garden?
A rain 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. 

If you want to learn how to design and construct a rain garden, you can attend a Blue Thumb Workshop


More Rain Garden Information:
Rainwater Gardens: Enhance Your Property and Collect Vital Water (PDF)
University of Wisconsin's Rain Gardens: A How-To Manual for Homeowners (PDF)
Blue Thumb Create-a-Raingarden webpage



City Rain Garden Projects
Burnsville Stormwater Retrofit Study (PDF)
Burnsville Rainwater Gardens: A Nationally Significant Demonstration Project (PDF)



Adopt-a-Rain Garden
Volunteer to help maintain City raingardens. 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

Location:
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.

Contact 
Liz Forbes at 952-895-4518



Rain Barrel Information

Rain barrels collect rainwater from your roof downspouts. This helps protect lakes, ponds, and rivers by reducing rainwater runoff. A major benefit is that you can use the collected water for your garden and potted plants.

Several styles of rain barrels are available for purchase, or you can build your own rain barrel. For more information, check out the links below:

Metro Blooms: Rain Barrels
University of Minnesota Extension: Rain Barrels (PDF)
Friends of the Mississippi: Rain Barrels (includes info about rain barrel workshops)


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