Rain Gardens

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Many residents and business owners are choosing to incorporate rain gardens into their yards and property. Rain Gardens are aesthetically pleasing and provide several benefits to our environment. Installing a rain garden is an easy and cost efficient method of reducing stormwater pollution. Please keep in mind that Richfield is in a well-head protection area; this means any water that falls onto our yards and parks eventually ends up at our faucets.

A rain garden, or rainwater garden, is a shallow depression that collects rain water and allows it to infiltrate. It’s planted with plants that can tolerate a wide range of soil moisture. A rain garden can mimic the natural absorption and pollutant removal activities of a forest, or a meadow or or a prairie and can absorb runoff more efficiently, sometimes as much as 30% - 40% more then a standard lawn.

Create your own raingarden! Matching funds are available through grants with: Minnehaha Creek Watershed, Nine Mile Creek Watershed, and Blue Thumb.