When the rain falls, it all has to go somewhere. In the woods, most of it is sucked into the ground to recharge ground water and let trees drink. But when it hits a roof, road, parking lot, compacted soil, or other impervious surfaces, where does it go? It all ends up in our beautiful water ways. There are ways to reduce the amount of runoff entering the water, reduce the amount of sediments in the runoff, and detaining it so it can evaporate. There are several ways to actually accomplish this, from simple solutions to more complex methods. Check out some projects below!
The installation of a rain garden is a good way to manage runoff that occurs as a result of impervious surfaces and they look nice too. They are a combination of runoff management and gardening. The garden above is part "well established" (the garden area in the background) and new expansion (the foreground garden area). So this depicts what your rain garden will look like at first and then what it looks like when it's matured.