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Rain Gardens to the Rescue

Partners: Sierra Club Michigan Chapter
Funded by: The Fred A and Barbara M Erb Family Foundation

Detroit residents and civic leaders can prevent the pollution of our Great Lakes from overflow of storm-water by putting Rain Gardens to the Rescue! The Rain Gardens to the Rescue program is a series of workshops designed to teach people how to create rain gardens of their own. As volunteers become more aware and engaged in the program our hope is that they will become rain garden ambassadors in the community – assisting others with rain garden plantings and spreading the message about the importance and need for rain gardens in our communities.

2020 Workshops

The Rain Gardens to the Rescue program is a series of 5 workshops and hands-on garden installations. This year we focused on residents and non-profits in City of Detroit Council Districts 5 & 6. In 2020, ten gardens were installed, replacing 1,800 sq.ft. of lawn. These gardens store 9,800 gallons of rainwater storage and could potentially store 90,269 gallons each year!

2015-2020 Accomplishments

Educated 110 active and engaged residents about the value and purpose of rain gardens.

Installed 80 rain gardens since 2015 that treat over 56,000 gallons of rain water per rain event.

Engaged over 700 people in the installation of rain gardens.