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Rain Garden Project

Rain gardens reduce water pollution while beautifying the landscape. Rain gardens are "bioretention" systems, alternative stormwater management practices that use natural processes to increase the infiltration of rainwater into the ground and remove potentially harmful pollutants.

With its close proximity to Lake Wingra, Edgewood College is planting rain gardens in areas with standing water in order to reduce the amount of pollution running into the lakes. Research has shown that over half of lake pollution is caused by local residents landscape practices and not by agriculture. Rain gardens are an easy way to help curb this statistic.

Our rain gardens

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Our rain gardens

Location (click for photos) Size* Year Built Plant Lists
#1—Front of Campus School 1500 sq. ft. 2000-2001 View
#2—Edgewood Drive Shady Swale 600 sq. ft. 2001  
#3—Front of Sonderegger
Science Center
458 sq. ft. April 2002  
#4—NE Corner of Edgedome 46 sq. ft. June 2002  
#5—NW Corner of Edgedome 62 sq. ft. July 2002  
#6—SW Corner of Edgedome 75 sq. ft. April 2003  
*Please note that all rain garden sizes are approximate and may vary slightly.