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Reduce Stormwater Runoff With a Rain Garden

You can single-handedly curb your city's pollution by building a lovely, native rain garden.

The Missouri Department of Conservation's Anita B. Gorman Conservation Center in Kansas City offers educational programs that help urban residents appreciate the bounty of nature.
Rusty Schmidt
Great blue lobelia (Lobelia siphilitica) grows well in swamps and wet ground from New England north to Manitoba, south to Mexico and west to Colorado.
Purple Blazing Star (Liatris spicata) is a wildflower native to most regions of North America. It grows most easily in loose, fast-draining soil.
A blue flag iris (Iris virginica shrevei) is a lovely sign of spring.
Kansas City resident Janet Baker participates in the 10,000 Rain Gardens initiative.
This Wisconsin rain garden ends at a stormwater culvert.
Jim Lorman
A tough perennial, the gray-head coneflower (Ratibida pinnata) tolerates most growing conditions and attracts songbirds and butterflies.
A Madison, Wisconsin, rain garden retains storm runoff.
Jim Lorman
The Anita B. Gorman Conservation Center includes areas of gardens, wetlands and walkways.
This rain garden sits in front of a Kansas City fire station.
Jim Schussler

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