Rain Gardens Improve Area Water Quality

By Emily Dwire
By Rachel Martin

May 25, 2013 Updated May 25, 2013 at 7:07 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (www.incnow.tv) – Fort Wayne is sponsoring a program that encourages people to use native plants to build rain gardens.

Rain gardens are depressed gardens that help soak rainwater into the ground. The program encourages people to use native plants, plants that naturally grown in and around Fort Wayne, because they generally don't require fertilizer and are more tolerant of the local climate, soil, and water conditions. Rain gardens also help improve water quality and cuts down on pollution.

“It helps our storm sewer system, it helps our rivers, it helps with river water quality. And it helps manage some minor drainage and flooding problems in neighborhoods and on people's private property,” said Jane Slaton, Program Manager with Fort Wayne City Utilities.

If you would like to develop your own rain garden, you can head to Riverview Nursery,
5635 Co. Rd. 72, Spencerville, Ind. They sell rain garden starter kits and native plants.

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