Rain gardens are small landscaped gardens that collect, store, and absorb stormwater runoff in its loose underlying soil. They are strategically placed to intercept stormwater runoff and hold it until it can be fully absorbed into the ground.
These gardens also filter pollutants such as fertilizers, pesticides, and automobile fluids washed off of impervious surfaces. Rain gardens help protect communities from stormwater pollution, flooding and drainage problems. District of Columbia homeowners can participate in the RiverSmart Homes grant program for rain garden installation to reduce stormwater pollution on their properties. For more information please visit RiverSmart Homes
on the DC Department of the Environment website.