Best Management Practices (BMPs) are practices that are implemented to protect water quality and  promote soil conservation. They are useful in preventing or reducing the amount of pollution from nonpoint source pollutants. Nonpoint source pollution is a term used to describe polluted runoff that flows across the ground surface. Stormwater runoff is the number one pollutant of our waterways. There are numerous types of BMPs that you can install in your yard to help reduce runoff into our ocean and sounds. 

 

Rain Gardens

 
Rain gardens are beautiful and colorful ways homeowners, businesses, and municipalities can ease stormwater problems and enhance soil and water quality.


Using deep-rooted native plants and grasses, rain gardens are designed into residential and commercial landscapes to receive runoff from hard surfaces such as roofs, sidewalks, and driveways. Rain Gardens slow down the rush of water from these hard surfaces by holding the water for a short period of time and allow it to naturally infiltrate into the ground.

Rain gardens are considered Best Management Practices and highly recommended by the Dare County Soil and Water Conservation District. The Department offers practical advice on how to design and construct rain gardens including how to select the best vegetation for stormwater drainage.

Town of Manteo Rain Garden

This rain garden at the Manteo Town Hall shows how rain gardens beautify property while controlling water runoff with areas of natural vegetation.

 

Manteo High School Rain Garden

Here stormwater can be seen infiltrating the ground in a rain garden at Manteo High School after a heavy storm.