UNCW Completes Newest On-Campus Rain Garden
The rain garden project started as a collaboration between the UNCW Surfrider Club and Environmental Concerns Organization, another student group, who teamed up to obtain a Green Initiative Fund mini-grant through the university. The project was supported by UNCW Sustainability and Landscaping, with significant guidance from faculty members Roger Shew, Chris Randall and Karen Tobiassen, and campus Sustainability Captain, Kat Pohlman.
The swale-like rain garden will help to reduce the volume of polluted stormwater runoff that reaches Bradley Creek by funneling the water through a planted area with mulch to slow the runoff and enhance infiltration. UNCW is conducting research on the impact of the rain garden, particularly after heavy rains. The project aligns with the University’s Sustainability Plan and is a step towards the City's overall stormwater reduction goals in Bradley Creek watershed and on the UNCW campus.