Installed on September 29,2011, the 480 square foot Cuyahoga County Airport Rain Garden was planted by volunteers from Mayfield Key Club, Richmond Heights High School Environmental Club, and Richmond Heights Key Club. The garden was funded by Friends of Euclid Creek’s Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District Operating and Support Grant and is maintained by the Cuyahoga County Airport. The plants for the project were provided by Biodiversity Landscape Design & Supply Company and the soil and mulch were provided by Kurtz Bros.
A rain garden is a vegetated garden planted with native plants intended to allow runoff from impervious surfaces such as driveways, roads, rooftops, and parking lots to percolate into the groundwater rather than directly entering streams via storm sewers. This helps protect local streams by reducing the volume and velocity of streams during storm events and by purifying the water by allowing it to filter through the soil, thus lowering the amount of pollutants that ultimately enter the stream. Rain gardens also provide habitat for native birds and insects, and because they are planted with native plants, they require less water and maintenance once
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