More Rain and a Rain Garden

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


2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Mary Lou Weseman on October 8, 2010 at 1:55 pm

    It is good to see this kind of work done around campus. Perhaps one day this can be done on the downtown campus somewhere.


  2. Posted by Jayanti Pande on October 13, 2010 at 12:21 pm

    Glad to hear about this and will plan on visiting the garden one of these days. As more buildings are put up on campus, this type of activity will become increasingly important !


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