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.