Rain gardens can be beautiful additions to the landscape, and help to control storm water runoff. They are a great way to manage water if incorporated into parking lots, backyards, and vacant spaces near roadways.
The basic idea is to create a depression in the earth so water will flow there, especially during storms. Instead of a drain into the combined sewer system, there are plants, gravel and sand to absorb the water.
Stormwater management is a huge issue in Cleveland, as our aging combined system allows for the mixing of sewage with runoff during storms, allowing for the degradation of our water and environment. The sewer upgrade is an expensive proposition – why not make raingardens, pervious paving, and rainbarrels a part of our strategy?