More rain gardens are cropping up in the Erie region, and that’s fortunate for the environment.
While beautiful, these gardens serve many essential roles. They naturally collect and infiltrate stormwater to keep it from rushing to nearby streams untreated. Stormwater is one of the major stresses on an aquatic environment because it carries pollutants, increases water temperature, causes flooding and increases erosion. Rain gardens help control that flooding and pollution while also restoring lost habitat and protecting plants and animals that continue to lose ground to impervious areas.