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Rain Gardens to the Rescue

Growing Sustainable Water Solutions: Rain Gardens to the Rescue Program

Partners: Sierra Club Great Lakes Program & Keep Growing Detroit
Funded by: The Fred A and Barbara M Erb Family Foundation

Sewage and urban runoff are polluting Detroit’s rivers. Detroit residents and civic leaders can prevent this pollution by putting Rain Gardens to the Rescue! The Rain Gardens to the Rescue program is a series of workshops designed to teach people about rain gardens and how to create rain gardens of their own.  Support will be provided to install 20 rain gardens in Districts 5 and 6 in 2017.  As volunteers become more aware and engaged in the program our hope is that they will become rain garden ambassadors in the community – teaching others about rain gardens, assisting with rain garden plantings and spreading the message about the importance and need for rain gardens in the community.
Northville Protecting the natives he just planted

2017 Application

Detroit residents in Districts 5 & 6 (Southwest Detroit) are invited to submit an application for the Rain Gardens to the Rescue Program. This year you have two options to submit the application.

  1. Complete the application online
  2. Print the pdf, complete and submit as directed (scan and email, mail, or in person)

2016 Accomplishments

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  • 19 residents attended the rain garden workshops
  • 14 rain gardens were installed (A 15th garden will be installed in 2017).
  • 10 gardens were installed in residential front yards, 2 at Alfred Brush Ford Park, 1 at Grace church of the Nazarene, and 1 in a vacant lot
  • 91 volunteers (friends and family of rain garden participants) helped plant the rain gardens
  • The rain gardens will capture as much as 4,100 gallons of rainwater per rain event

2015 Accomplishments

  • 20 Detroit residents attended a series of workshops to learn about rain gardens and their environmental benefits
  • 12 residents received rain gardens of their own
  • 1 public rain garden was installed at Cody High School
  • The rain gardens will prevent a minimum of 1,400 gallons of rain water from entering the combined sewer system – reducing sewage from entering the river and saving on the high cost of treating rain water mixed with sewage.

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