The efficiency of stormwater systems and health of water resources is important to Arden Hills. Residents and businesses can help address these problems by adding rain gardens to their properties. Rain gardens are a great way to protect the city's lakes and wetlands while making the community more aesthetically pleasing.
A rain garden is a beautiful landscape feature that captures and filters polluted runoff from the rooftop, driveway and other impervious surfaces. It is a depression that is planted using climate appropriate vegetation. Rain gardens are designed to capture stormwater runoff and increase the time between the rainfall and when the runoff reaches a large body of water. Larger infiltration times take pressure off the city's stormwater systems and prevent pollutants from making their way to lakes and rivers.
For Additional Information
Blue Thumb is a program directed by the Rice Creek Watershed District. Their website provides information on how to create your own raingarden.