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This guide contains various resources about rain gardens. A rain garden is a planted depression that allows rain water runoff to slowly soak into the ground instead of storm drains and surface waters.

Benefits of Rain Gardens

  • Help keep water clean by filtering storm water runoff before it enters local waterways.
  • Help alleviate problems associated with flooding and drainage.
  • Enhance the beauty of individual yards and communities.
  • Provide habitat and food for wildlife including birds and butterflies.
  • Recharge the ground water supply.

Rzepka, A., United States, Environmental Protection Agency, & Great Lakes National Program Office. (2006). Rain garden manual for homeowners : Protecting our water, one yard at a time (pp.1) Geauga Soil and Water Conservation District. 

What is a Rain Garden?

Copyright The Nature Conservancy

from The Nature Conservancy

A rain garden restores some of the function that is lost when land is developed.   It is simply a shallow basin with a porous backfill and deep rooted, moisture tolerant plantings.  It is located to collect runoff from downspouts, sump pumps, paved areas, roofs and lawns.  It can be one large garden or a number of smaller depressions with a larger garden or border.

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Subject Headings

There are many Library of Congress subject headings which you may want to use to look for books and journals in the online catalog

Bio-infiltration systems

Bioretention areas

Bioretention basin


Ecological landscape design





Rain gardens


Stormwater infiltration

Storm water retention basins

Urban runoff-Management

Water conservation

Water harvesting

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