The Lake County Rain Garden Initiative was established to inform residents of Lake County about nonpoint source pollution, its effects on our local surface waterbodies, and how individuals can take action to help reduce this pollution and mitigate these effects. Specifically, the Initiative seeks to reduce the volume of runoff created by impervious surfaces through the construction of rain gardens. Rain gardens are designed to capture a portion of this runoff and allow it to slowly infiltrate into the groundwater system, filtering out any pollutants in the process. This program was inspired by the Flathead Rain Garden Initiative, and we hope to be as successful as their program!
What is a Rain Garden?
A rain garden is a great way to help prevent Nonpoint Source Pollution and maintain healthy, clean waterways. As rainwater flows into the garden it is filtered by the plants and soil before it slowly infiltrates back into groundwater and nearby streams.