Beyond cleaning up beaches and river banks, there are natural ways to purify and preserve our waters and ecosystems.
Rain gardens for your viewing pleasure. Being aesthetically attractive is one of the many great reasons for rain gardens but the main functions are their impact on our living environment! Rain gardens are vegetated depressions that catch rain runoff from impervious areas such as roofs, driveways, walkways, parking lots, and even some compacted lawn areas. e rain runoff is captured in the gardens and allowed to soak into the soil. is prevents surges of rain water from flowing into storm drains or local streams which causes erosion, water pollution, flooding, and diminished ground water. Essential purpose of a rain garden is to improve the water quality in nearby bodies of water.
Bioretention cells and bioswales are treatment devices for stormwater, which generally occur in public spaces. They infiltrate stormwater but this is not their primary purpose. Moisture levels fluctuate widely in these features, since the flow of water they receive is concentrated, sometimes up to 40 times what a given area would receive naturally.
With tight clay subsoils in our region, these features normally include a subdrain system that ultimately ties to the storm sewer system. Water passes through the soil where physical, chemical and biological processes break down, filter, or hold contaminants. Water that reaches
Mangroves are important to humans, animals and the coastline ecosystem. Their deep root systems provide natural infrastructure and protection to nearby populated areas by preventing erosion and absorbing storm surge impacts during extreme weather events. They also trap microplastics and sediments flowing downriver.
There are myriad threats to mangrove forests, including shrimp farming, tourism, coastal development, and lumber and mining projects. Plus, plastic and other trash can easily get caught in the tree’s thick roots. Donate ten dollars or more to help replace mangroves that have been destroyed by wildfires, plastic pollution or hurricanes.