You can help protect our Land of Over 10,000 lakes and over 69,000 miles of streams and rivers. How? Plant a rain garden!

This is how it works: a rain garden intercepts water runoff from your property by forming a slight depression in your yard. A rain garden might look like this:

  • Unmowed ‘lawn’ in a slight depression
  • Concrete planter featuring plants that can survive wet and dry.
  • Depressed gravel path lined with plants
  • ‘Dry creek bed’ planted with native plants
  • Native garden located in a low spot
  • Garden that has more form and curb appeal by using rain garden tolerant plants

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Here are several of the benefits of a rain garden:

  • Reduce flooding by absorbing water from impervious surfaces
  • Filter oil, grease, and toxic materials out of the soil before they can pollute waterways
  • Help recharge water tables
  • Provide beneficial wildlife habitat

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If you live in one of the following communities, there are resources available to help pay for your project. Let us know what your city is doing, we would like to add them to this list.

Eden Prairie Rain Garden Rebate

Plymouth Rain Garden Rebate


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