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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

July 21, 2004

For further information, contact:

Gains Spohn, West Michigan Environmental Action Council (616) 451-3051

Community Rain Garden Dig At Fuller Park


Grand Rapids – July 22, 2004  West Michigan Environmental Action Council 
(WMEAC) will begin installation of a rain garden at Fuller Park from 9:00 
till 11:00 a.m.  Approximately a dozen WMEAC volunteers will be present to 
facilitate the project.  Our volunteers comprise all age groups and 
backgrounds.  They are passionate about the environment and making Grand 
Rapids a “cool” city with beautiful gardens and clean water.

Rain Gardens of West Michigan, West Michigan Environmental Action Council’s 
newest water quality program, is a partnership storm water education project 
with the City of Grand Rapids.  Pollutants from storm water enter the storm 
drains adding heavy metals, sediment and salts that impair the natural 
ecosystem and human health. Some benefits of rain gardens are filtering and 
recharging the runoff back into the groundwater.  The plants provide habitat 
for many beautiful butterfly and hummingbird species.

Rain gardens are attractive low maintenance native plant perennial gardens. 
Once established, they require no fertilizer, watering, or mowing. A once a 
year cleanup, addition of shredded hardwood mulch to keep the surface moist 
and tidy, and removal of weeds and invasive species are all that are 
required.

"This rain garden will be a nice enhancement to Fuller Park, and will remove 
a maintenance problem for City of Grand Rapids staff. This area is always 
wet because it is fed by springs and storm water, and is difficult to mow. 
The rain garden will be a perfect place to put this water to good use, so it 
doesn't end up in the city storm water system. We hope visitors to the park 
will be inspired to create their own rain gardens at home when they see how 
attractive they can be,” said Patricia Pennell, Program Director of Rain 
Gardens of West Michigan.



"I love working with the Rain Garden project because the scope and ambitions 
of the project dovetail with my own desire to heal the land and to create 
clean water through environmental gardening.  Native plantings work the best 
because of their long history of adaptation to the land; thereby creating a 
water-wise, pesticide-free bioscape that nourishes native birds, 
butterflies, and animals - including us!  It is very satisfying to show how 
beautiful and creative gardens can be designed and enjoyed using Michigan 
native plantings,” said Rebecca L. Shilt of RiverMaid Garden Designs.



You can learn more about rain gardens at the project website, 
www.raingardens.org.



Gains Spohn
Rain Gardens of West Michigan
West Michigan Environmental Action Council
1514 Wealthy SE Suite 280
Grand Rapids, MI 49506
616-451-3051 ext27
616-451-3054 fax
gains@raingardens.org
http://www.wmeac.org
http://www.raingardens.org

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