Today I participated in the self-guided tour of the raingardens in the Colby Lake neighborhoods around the Pioneer Park organized by the South Washington Watershed District (SWWD), the Washington Conservation District (WCD), and the City of Woodbury.
The Colby Lake neighborhood raingarden project which includes 26 curbside raingardens was completed over the last two years. It was an effort to capture and clean stormwater runoff from local streets, and to improve and protect Colby Lake.
I visited 11 of the 26 raingardens. It was a great experience, talking to the expert Andy Schilling to get information and questions answered, walking around with a stranger to see the raingardens, talking with a homeowner about his experience, and chatting with a woman from the Woodbury Community Church about their effort with the two-phase raingarden project on the church property at Pioneer and Lake Road. It was all very educational and interesting.
The 26 homeowners were lucky. They got the raingardens installed for them and everything was covered including the plants. The only thing they had to do was planting and then to take care of the raingardens in the future.
I would love to have a raingarden in my front yard. Wish the SWWD and WCD would do such a project in my neighborhood. What a nice gift and blessing to have a beautiful garden and do something good for the environment!
For some pictures of the raingardens, visit my Facebook.