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:

Residential Rain Gardens Presentation and Yorba Linda Blvd. Site Tour: TBD- spring 2019

Where:   Mahany/Meininger Senior Center- 3500 Marais Ave.  Royal Oak  48073  and Yorba Linda Blvd..

Time: TBD, Yorba Linda Blvd. 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 Yorba Linda Blvd. rain garden, west of Fairmont Rd.  Presenter: The Clinton River Watershed Council. *Interested attendees will receive a hard copy of the Royal Oak DIY residential rain garden installation manual. (Downloadable guidebook can be found below in "Resources")