Rain Gardens

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Taft Lake OVERVIEW
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.

WHAT IS A RAIN GARDEN?
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.