Stormwater Solutions: Rain Planters
Protect Cabin John Creek, the Potomac River, and the Chesapeake Bay, while reducing your water bill!
Install a Rain Planter!
Be at the cutting edge of Watershed Stewardship!
You can play a key role in preventing creek erosion and flooding
while conserving water and harvesting rain to keep your yard and garden green.
Friends of Cabin John Creek has installed rain planters on properties in the Cabin John Creek Watershed. You may be eligible for a rebate from the Montgomery County RainScapes program.
What’s a Rain Planter?
Decorative garden container (minimum 55 gals)
Filled with gravel, soil, and native plants
Uses rainfall from the roof as irrigation
Connected to the roof gutter via the downspout
Slows stormwater down, minimizes storm system inflow
Improve water quality in the local waterways
Rain planters can reduce erosion by temporarily retaining rainwater and releasing it slowly over time. Preventing erosion helps keep the Creek, the Potomac River, and the Chesapeake Bay healthier. Rain planters can have the added benefit of directing water away from foundations and collecting rainwater for garden irrigation. (However, do NOT use it for drinking!)
If you want to find out what goes into assembling a Rain Planter, you can watch the video below.
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