Rain Garden Program

Rain gardens are gardens with native perennials and shrubs planted in a depressed area of land and are designed to soak in and store stormwater runoff from roofs, driveways, lawns, etc.

Rain gardens are an attractive way to reduce storm water pollution and improve water quality. They help keep polluted water out of our sewers that would need to be treated at a wastewater plant, or would overflow to a water body. Storm water becomes polluted when it flows over pavement and comes into contact with automotive fluids, sediment, trash, pet waste, etc. Pollutants can be absorbed by the deep plant roots instead of contaminating our rivers, lakes and streams.

How Rain Gardens Work

Education and Outreach:

Fourth St. Rain Gardens Kick-Off Tour: Friday August 24th

Where: Fourth St. at S. Vermont Ave. Time: 6:00-7:15 PM

This presentation will allow residents to witness the early steps in creating a rain garden, discussions of next steps, and the plant varieties choices. The second half of the tour will feature the existing rain gardens on Fourth St. & Kayser and a few lessons learned and maintenance tips. Presenters: Clinton River Watershed Council and RO Engineer   *Interested attendees will receive a copy of the Royal Oak residential rain garden installation manual.

Residential Rain Gardens Presentation and Fourth St. Site Visit: Sunday September 30th

Where: Royal Oak Library (222 E. 11 Mile Rd.) and Fourth St. at S. Vermont Ave.

Time: 2:00-3:00 PM, Fourth St. Tour to immediately follow

This presentation will cover the basics of rain gardens as a stormwater management technique. Tips on placement, sizing, plant choices, lessons learned, and success stories will be shared.  The second part of the event is a tour featuring the newly installed Fourth St. rain gardens between Blair and Connecticut.  Presenter: The Clinton River Watershed Council. *Interested attendees will receive a copy of the Royal Oak residential rain garden installation manual.

Green Infrastructure Report

The City of Royal Oak prepared a green infrastructure report in 2017, which includes recommendations for various plant types suitable for a rain garden.