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Have you ever heard of a rain garden? Building a rain garden, which helps reserve stormwater and keep it out of neighboring rivers, lakes, and ponds you want to help keep clean, can help curb water pollution and only takes a bit of effort (and perhaps some friends/family to help, too!).

Basically, the rain garden is a big hole, which allows for rainwater runoff from urban areas to be absorbed into the ground (which diminishes the chance of it flowing into storm drains and those waters you want to protect from the effects of potentially polluted rain water). Some studies note that the addition of rain gardens can help cut down the pollution in neighboring rivers and lakes by up to 30 percent! For a few days’ effort, that’s surely worth it! You’ll be helping to preserve the integrity of important water sources for your community.

Check out this great video about how one community in New Jersey built a rain garden in just two days’ time – and consider putting together your own group to help protect the precious clean water you have in your own town!

Image Source: Philadelphia Water Department/Flickr

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2 comments on “How to Build a Rain Garden and Curb Water Pollution (VIDEO)”

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Oilda Barreto
4 Years Ago


Enviro Equipment Blog
4 Years Ago

Reducing pollution from stormwater runoff seems to be a growing concern within the environmental community. Whereas fighting climate change by reducing carbon emissions is an uphill battle with no end in sight, using rain gardens and other simple landscaping techniques can do a tremendous amount of good by keeping our waterways clean and fit for human consumption and recreation.


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