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E-M:/ WMEAC's New Rain Garden Fact Sheet
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Enviro-Mich message from "thornapple river" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
July 6, 2006
For Immediate Release
New Rain Garden Fact Sheet is Designed to Help Professionals
West Michigan Environmental Action Council
GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN ?
West Michigan Environmental Action Council has published a new rain garden
fact sheet, designed to increase the use of rain gardens. The beautiful, 11
by 17 inch, full-color publication describes the four steps necessary to
create a successful project; Creating a Functional Design, Constructing a
Successful Rain Garden, Maintaining a Beautiful Rain Garden, and Getting the
Free Bioretention Tools.
The publication provides common sense guidance, and access to the latest
technical information about designing and constructing a rain garden
(bioretention basin). The fact sheet is intended for use by municipalities,
builders, landscapers, stormwater managers, and other professionals.
Patricia Pennell, director of West Michigan Environmental Action Council?s
popular rain garden program, designed it to answer the common questions of
?We wanted to provide the information that busy professionals need in order
to incorporate low impact development techniques, such as rain gardens, into
their skill set,? said Patricia. ?There is good information about rain
garden design and construction on the internet, but they do not have time to
search for it. They are not using rain gardens yet because they do not have
the right technical information on hand. This fact sheet is designed to
provide a quick review of the design and construction process, and fast
access to the most current information, techniques, tools, engineering
manuals, and research.?
Rain gardens are designed to help alleviate the devastating effects of storm
water runoff on our environment. Designed with a dip at the center to
collect rain and snow melt, rain gardens are landscaped with deep soils and
low-maintenance, native plants that hold and filter storm water. West
Michigan Environmental Action Council has a lifelong history of protecting
water quality in the Great Lakes.
?When you design a garden as a ?rain garden,? you improve local water
quality while creating a natural attraction for birds and butterflies,? said
Thomas Leonard, West Michigan Environmental Action Council executive
director. ?Rain gardens can help make our cities more attractive while
protecting ecological health. Current storm water systems treat rain and
snow melt as waste products to be disposed of. Rain gardens do the opposite.
By keeping storm water close to where it falls, rain gardens help reduce
flooding and filter out pollutants.?
American Rivers (Washington D.C.) provided funding for the fact sheet. The
new publication is available from the WMEAC offices at 1007 Lake Drive SE,
Grand Rapids, Michigan 49506. It can also be downloaded from the
raingardens.org website ( http://www.raingardens.org ) .
West Michigan Environmental Action Council is a grassroots environmental
advocacy organization that celebrated its 37th anniversary on Earth Day,
April 22, 2006. WMEAC was instrumental in the passage of the Michigan
Environmental Protection Act and the Inland Lakes and Streams Act, and the
founding of the Michigan Environmental Council, a Lansing-based advocacy
group for statewide issues.
Thomas Leonard, WMEAC executive director, 616-451-3051.
Patricia Pennell, Rain Gardens Program Director, 616-454-RAIN (or
616-451-3051 ext. 29)
Gary Belan, American Rivers, Conservation Associate, Washington D.C.,
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