End of the School Year Rain Garden Planting
Representatives from the Mill Creek Watershed Council of Communities (Council), Cardno, and Butler Soil and Water Conservation District (BSWCD) spent the morning educating the students on the benefits of a rain garden and helping supervise the planting. A total of 125 third graders were able to contribute by planting about 10 bio-retention plugs each.
Under a clear sky the students worked hard to get all of the plants into the ground. They proudly showed volunteers how dirty their gloves were from digging. Teachers exclaimed how this was a great outlet for the pent-up energy students had during the last week of school.
The planting is part of Hopewell’s current science curriculum, where they are learning about water systems. Planting rain gardens is an exciting opportunity for students to learn about native plants and their local water resource. The Council enjoys getting students and volunteers involved with projects throughout the watershed to help instill a sense of ownership.
Rain gardens are a great way to utilize an area of land—that has a depression—to reduce stormwater runoff. It also works as a natural filter to clean pollutants before the water reaches the stream. The project on Hopewell’s campus is a great demonstration for stormwater best management practices.
The project at Hopewell Elementary school is sponsored by the BSWCD, administered by the Council, constructed by Cardno, and funded by the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (Ohio EPA) through a Surface Water Improvement Fund Grant. Lakota Local Schools has been a great partner in the implementation of this project on their campus.