James River Basin Partnership began working on building local rain gardens in 2006. Since then we have been a part of 26 rain gardens and counting. Using funds from the Stormwater 319 grant awarded through the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, we worked with the Ozark Environmental Water Resource Institute (OEWRI) to study local effects of rain gardens. Partnering with residences in Park Hill Subdivision in Nixa a monitoring station was placed to collect stormwater samples coming from the subdivision. Then 15 rain gardens were implemented and post data was collected. The results of this study along with other monitoring efforts can be found here. This effort along with placing several demo sites throughout our community helps us to understand and promote the use of rain gardens . You can read more information on what a rain garden is along with locations available for viewing by clicking here.
For information on how to build and design your own rain garden click here. Also this is one of the coolest rain garden learning tools we have seen. It is highly interactive and very informative. When you get there just push "click to begin" then start exploring.
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