Monday, May 08, 2006

Raingarden Dedication

A big issue is stormwater runoff, as we lose green spaces - often in steep areas - to houses, lawns, streets and parking lots. Our streams can never be healthy if they are overwhelmed when it rains. At Greenleaf Park there is now a demonstration raingarden, a way of channeling runoff into a place designed to filter, disperse and slow the runoff. The city received a grant from the Virginia Dept of Conservation and Recreation, and on Friday all the folks who helped make this happen were recognized at a dedication. The demonstration raingarden will serve to educate the community (it is next to Walker school) and hopefully serve as a model for future public or private development; I know of a couple of projects in the city that are using something like this.


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