Wednesday, September 30, 2015

A Gorgeous Day for a Rain Garden!

On Saturday, September 26th, NHS staff member, Kathy Fay, took part in a rain garden event on Edgewood Avenue, sponsored by Save the Sound. It was a truly fantastic event with many volunteers from the neighborhood helping out. 

Thanks to all of their incredibly hard work, there are now two new bioswales (large rain gardens) on either side of the Edgewood Mall on Ella T. Grasso Blvd, filled with hundreds of plants. 

In case you're wondering why this is important...

When it rains in New Haven, the rain water flows over the streets, sidewalks, and other impervious surfaces, picking up harmful pollutants and causing localized flooding. 

During some storms, this polluted runoff (called stormwater) inundates our storm and sewer pipes, causing raw sewage and polluted stormwater to overflow into the rivers.
The purpose of installing rain gardens is to capture the rainfall and allow it to soak into the ground. This will help to prevent flooding and water pollution, and allow clean water to reach our rivers. 

You can learn more about rain gardens here: 

One great surprise during the event? Our NHS Board President, Virginia Stevenson, just happened to be driving by and decided to join the volunteers and help out the project.  

Left to Right: Kendall Barbery (Save the Sound), Kathy Fay (NHS Staff), Virginia Stevenson (NHS Board President) 

To stay updated on further Save the Sound projects and events, follow them on facebook here.

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