Reduce your Runoff with a Rain Garden

Homeowners can reduce their own contribution to urban runoff by installing a rain garden or rain barrel. A rain garden is a shallow, landscaped depression where you can direct runoff from your roof, driveway and other hard surfaces on your property, allowing water to soak into the ground naturally rather than running off into storm drains. Rain gardens can be both a visual pleasure and a boon the environment, when planted with beautiful, hardy, low-maintenance and drought tolerant plants. Rain gardens also provide a natural home and food for birds, butterflies and beneficial insects.

Learn more about an easy way for all of us to do our part to protect our streams and rivers. Download our Oregon Rain Garden Guide.

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