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Topic in Depth - Harvesting the Rain (6)

Rain harvesting has experienced a bit of a renaissance in recent years through the promotion and installation of rain gardens and rain barrels. These water collection mechanisms help to curb erosion and the spread of pollution; conserve precious freshwater; and support water-loving plants.

This Topic in Depth presents websites and electronic publications containing instructive and descriptive information about rain gardens and barrels.

City of Maplewood: Rain Gardens
The City of Maplewood, Minnesota created this site, which promotes the use of rain gardens in their community. The site features a 10-page, downloadable "Creating your own Rain Garden," and a list of recommended plants. Although the site is designed for Minnesota residents, it is also an excellent resource for anyone...

University of Arizona: Harvesting Rainwater for Landscape Use
In arid climates, such as the Southwestern United States, "rainfall is scarce and evapotranspiration rates are high." This type of climate often makes the practice of "water harvesting" necessary for sustaining plant life in the area. This site contains an archived publication titled "Harvesting Rainwater for...

University of Wisconsin-Extension: Rain Gardens
From the University of Wisconsin-Extension, this site contains two instructive, downloadable publications on gardening, landscaping and the environment. The "Rain Gardens" section includes two publications. The First publication serves as an introduction to rain gardens and the second is a detailed, 32-page manual...

Center for Watershed Protection: How to Build and Install a Rain BarrelPDF
This site, from the North Carolina. Division of Pollution Prevention and Environmental Assistance, contains a brief, illustrated brochure on How to Build and Install a Rain Barrel. In addition to building a rain barrel, the brochure includes information on how to install a Rain Garden in your area.

Collecting and Utilizing Rooftop Rainfall RunoffPDF
From the Thomas Jefferson Soil & Water Conservation District in Virginia comes this 22-page, downloadable publication titled Collecting and Utilizing Rooftop Rainfall Runoff: A Homeowner's Manual of Ideas for Harvesting Rainwater. Detailed information and instructions on creating rain barrels and rain gardens are...

LID Sustainable School Projects: Teacher Section
Low Impact Development Center created this site, which offers information and ideas for teaching sustainability principles to educators. The Sustainable School Projects offered on this site are a great tool to use in the classroom. The projects are designed to teach students about installing rain gardens and rain...

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