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Best Management Practices to Consider

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Rain Garden

A rain garden (or bioretention area) is essentially a vegetated sand filter, and is designed so it quickly dries after rain events. They are a depression in the landscape (usually 3 to 9 inches deep), to which runoff is directed to be stored and infiltrate into the soil. A typical rain garden will not have ponded water for more than 12 hours. Rain gardens are typically planted with a combination of native trees, shrubs and perennials and then mulched.


These devices are nothing new and date back hundreds of years. Cisterns are tanks that range in size and are used to capture and store rainwater primarily coming off roofs. The cistern is part of a larger system, consisting of gutter diversions, outlet lines, and often a pump. Rainwater captured in cisterns can be used for irrigation, flushing toilets, and washing your car.