A recent project at Quiet Waters Park is intended to educate residents about the benefits of capturing and reusing rainwater on your property.
Volunteers and park staff have worked on a demonstration model near the ice rink parking lot.
“RainScaping practices improve water quality, restore habitat, and add beauty to the landscape,” said Zora Latham, the director of the Chesapeake Ecology Center, in a release. “Additional significant benefits are increased property values and a reduction in a community's carbon footprint.”
The project is part of the park’s RainScaping Campaign, which a cooperative effort with the Chesapeake Ecology Center and the South River Federation, according to the release.
The education station is a house frame with examples of rainscaping techniques, such as a small green roof, a gutter and downspout directed to a rain barrel, and a gutter and downspout directed to a rain garden, permeable pavers, as well as informational signage.
Volunteers also installed a 200-square-foot rain garden planted with native shrubs and herbaceous perennials, Latham said in the release.
The effort is part of the Anne Arundel County RainScaping Campaign, which has 53 environmental nonprofit and government partners working to help residents with rainscaping projects.
For more information on how you can implement similar measures at your home, visit www.RainScaping.org.