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UNCW installs rain garden on campus

Post Date:07/21/2017 11:39 AM
UNCW Schwartz Hall Rain GardenUNCW is helping to heal local waterways with a recently completed rain garden installed on campus. Rain gardens naturally filter polluted stormwater through the soil before it runs into nearby waterways. The project was a collaboration between the Surfrider Foundation, UNCW Sustainability and Landscaping and the Environmental Concerns Organization, which is another UNCW student group. The rain garden was built behind the Schwartz residence hall, located near a drainage tributary that eventually empties into Bradley Creek. 

The city’s Heal Our Waterways program seeks to restore the water quality in Hewletts and Bradley creeks by reducing the amount of polluted stormwater runoff that flows into local creeks. UNCW is the largest landowner located within the Bradley Creek watershed, accounting for more than one-third of the watershed’s 7.2 square miles. The high visibility of projects like this also broadens the education and outreach component of the Heal Our Waterways program, exposing up to 15,000 students and faculty, staff and visitors to the campus.

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