On Monday, myself and one of my fellow office assistants and Sustainability Council Chairs, Cassidy Drasser, joined with volunteers from UAlbany’s faculty and the Stormwater Coalition of Albany County to plant a demonstrative rain garden outside the UAlbany Alumni House. A rain garden is a natural and completely sustainable way to filter out pollution from run-off stormwater. Rain gardens are placed nearby impervious surfaces such as roofs, parking lots, roads, or sidewalks to catch run-off so that it does not contaminate or flood nearby waterways, standing water, or public storm drains. This is the first rain garden planted on campus and the sixth planted by the Stormwater Coalition in Albany County. We hope to implement rain gardens throughout the campus when plausible, such as with the new housing complex being built near Indian Quad. Now we’re putting the rain garden to good use with the expected 1″ of rain today, but we still hope the sun comes back out soon!
– Jeremy Grunstra