Rain gardens are areas of landscape designed to catch rainwater long enough to allow it to percolate slowly back into the groundwater rather than run off the surface into a storm drain. Rain gardens help recharge groundwater resources, improve the water quality by providing natural filtration, reduce flooding, and provide habitat for birds and butterflies. Rain gardens can be used in your home yard but can also be installed at a workplace, if you have land space available. Rain gardens do a much better job of absorbing storm runoff than plain grass and will beautify any location. It is a simple and effective way of contributing to improving the quality of your groundwater resources!
Check out this handy guide on how to build a rain garden using Indiana native plants.