Rain Garden Project

The Rain Garden Project

The Monroe County Environmental Fund grant helped fund the creation of a rain garden designed to filter storm water runoff from the parking lot of the Ellis Library & Reference Center.
The rain garden, following approximately 300 ft. of the Library’s property adjacent to the River Raisin, features native plants along with selected ornamental (shorter) perennials/shrubs, providing landscaping, natural filtration, and habitat for birds, butterflies, and beneficial insects.

Goals of the Project

  • Increase the amount of water filtering into the ground, recharging groundwater and helping to reduce the amount of pollutants entering the River Raisin.
  • Help sustain adequate flow in the River Raisin during dry periods.
  • Enhance the beauty of our property.
  • Provide habitat for birds, butterflies, and beneficial insects.
  • Help protect the riverbank from damaging flows; reduce the chance of soil erosion.
  • Educate Library patrons about rain gardens.
  • Partner with garden clubs, Friends of the Library, etc. to foster development of more rain gardens in the area.

Resources about Rain Gardens

Links provided by the Monroe County Drain Commission

Publications (printed and/or on-line)

  • Rain Garden how-to manual for homeowners. 32 pages, detailed instructions, plant lists, garden designs.  WI DNR Publication PUB-WT-776 2003; also known as University of Wisconsin-Extension, UWEX Publication GWQ037, 1-06-03-5M-100-S.
  • Rain Gardens: A household way to improve water quality in your community.
    Brochure.  GWQ 034  1-01-02-5M-50-S (UW Extension); DNR WT 731-2002 (WI DNR) Call:  608-947-7827; or toll-free 877-947-7827 (Madison, WI)
  • Low-impact Design Strategies.  Prince George’s County, MD.  150-page, on-line manual on hydrological strategies, including rain gardens. Provided by the EPA.
  • Plants for Stormwater Design.  D. Shaw and R. Schmidt, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, July 2003.  369-page manual on plants to use in rain gardens and storm basins.  Suggests species lists for different types of projects.  Information on wetland plants. To order, call 651-297-8679.


Additional links, provided by Green is Love Conservation Club

Plants Featured in the Ellis Rain Garden

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