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Lake County, Ohio - Soil & Water Conservation District

Rain Gardens

    Rain Gardens are a creative, inexpensive solution to the problem of dealing with runoff and excess surface water.  A rain garden is a landscaping feature, a sunken flowerbed instead of a raised one, sized to capture the rainwater that flows off of impervious surfaces.  The rain garden is planted with water-loving native plants that help to collect sediment, process contaminants, and increase infiltration of the runoff.  This filtering and infiltration process improves water quality by slowing down runoff before the water reaches nearby streams or lakes, and cleaning contaminants out.  For more information on rain gardens in Northeast Ohio, please contact the Lake County SWCD.  You can also view the Rain Garden Manual for Homeowners online by clicking here.