Grand River Rainscaping Program - Treating Stormwater Naturally

Grand River Rainscaping Program - Treating Stormwater Naturally

Grand River Rainscaping Program - Treating Stormwater Naturally

What is Rainscaping?

Rainscaping is a method of watershed restoration that promotes green infrastructure awareness and implementation among homeowners, landscapers, and contractors, highlighting both the benefits of green infrastructure and the skills required for installation.

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How Rainscaping Can Help You!

  • Make your yard a haven for bees and butterflies

  • Make your community healthier and more livable

  • Improve wet problem areas in your yard

  • Reach cost-effective and sustainable green decisions

  • Manage your natural resources more effectively

  • Redesign urban landscapes for environmental health

  • Meet regulatory and economic goals


What is Green Infrastructure?

Green infrastructure is the practice of infiltrating stormwater by use of natural systems in order to reestablish a healthy water flow. These systems allow for the infiltration of stormwater before it is released into conventional storm and sewer system, protecting our lakes, rivers, and streams from harmful pollutants. These practices lead to vital community features such as public parks, forests, rivers, wetlands and lakes. Using these natural systems to treat stormwater results in cleaner water, improved air quality, healthy wildlife habitats, and safe recreation sites. Urban areas are beginning to face new state and federal regulations to clean up rivers and reduce stormwater runoff. With green infrastructure these communities can create comprehensive plans, determine new development areas, and redevelop other areas in need and will improve local communities and attract good jobs.


Rainscaping Program Practices

1. Rain Gardens – Rain gardens are filled with specifically selected native plants that absorb untreated stormwater in their deep root system, preventing it from contaminating our waterways.

2. Streamside Buffers – Streamside buffers, also known as “riparian area”, are made up of native plants that surround a river or waterway and control erosion, filter pollutants, protect fish, reducing flooding, and provide suitable wildlife habitat.

3. Native Plants – Native landscaping utilizes indigenous plant species that attract pollinators and other beneficial insects, they have a deep root system which helps stormwater infiltrate the ground, and require less water, fertilizer, and care once established.

4. Trees - Trees provide a barrier and filtration system for stormwater before it is released into the storm drain

5. Rain Barrels – Rain barrels capture and filter rainwater and store it for later use.


Thinking about your own rainscaping project?

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We can assist you in planning, designing, installation, and so much more.

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