There are three areas that make a successful rain garden.
You should construct the rain garden in close
proximity to hard surfaces such as parking lots, driveways, and
sidewalks. This will allow the rain to collect and percolate through the
A rain garden is designed with a depression at the
center to allow the collection of rain runoff. Any degree of depression
is useful, from slight dips to larger swales.
Hardy native species that do not require chemical
pesticides or regular fertilization are best. Good choices for a rain
garden are shrubs as well as wild flowers and grasses.
The Valparaiso Water Department has been recognized
throughout the community for its efforts to control stormwater runoff
through the construction of a rain garden at its main office. Both the
Valparaiso Water Department and the Stormwater Management Board hope
that this project will set an example of a viable water collection and
treatment system for residential as well as commercial or industrial
facilities throughout the Valparaiso community.