Another rain garden has been installed in Wilmington, this time at Fire Station 9 on Military Cutoff Road. The NC Cooperative Extension Office installed the rain garden, which naturally removes pollutants from stormwater runoff and reduces flooding by temporarily holding and filtering rainwater that flows off streets, driveways and rooftops. The rain garden was installed as a demonstration for NC State's Rain Garden Certification Workshop, teaching participants how to choose a site, design, install and maintain a rain garden.
The 200-square foot rain garden was built to capture runoff from Fire Station 9's rooftop and features native plants because of their easy maintenance that don’t need fertilizers or pesticides. The rain garden will clean and reduce the amount of storm water entering the nearby Bradley Creek.
The city has already worked with other local state organizations to install five other rain gardens on public property and a pilot program is planned in the Raintree neighborhood this spring.
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