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Local rain gardens receiving upgrade

On Monday, the Douglas County 4-H helps the city of Superior improve the rain gardens at Barker's Island. Starting at 8 a.m., about a dozen 4-H members and parents spend the morning planting hundreds of new plants in the rain garden located in th...

On Monday, the Douglas County 4-H helps the city of Superior improve the rain gardens at Barker's Island.

Starting at 8 a.m., about a dozen 4-H members and parents spend the morning planting hundreds of new plants in the rain garden located in the eager of the parking lot.

A rain garden is a collection of native plants in a shallow depression that allows rain and melting snow to collect and seep naturally into the ground. This helps recharge the ground water supply and prevent polluted stormwater runoff from reaching Lake Superior. As the captured water slowly percolates into the ground, pollutants are filtered nutrients are absorbed by the plants, and pesticides are broken down by micro-organisms. Rain gardens are an important way to make our cities and neighborhoods more attractive places to live while enhancing ecologic health.

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