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Springtime is Rain Garden Time

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Have these sunny days inspired you to get outside for yard work?  Or have the rainy days left you looking at muddy low spots that need some perking up?

Spring is a great time to plan and build a rain garden.  There are many resources available for help, and it’s one way you can save on your stormwater bill.

Don’t worry-- even beginning gardeners can build a simple rain garden.  Rain gardens add beauty, attract pollinating insects and birds, and naturally manage water on your property instead of sending it down the drain. 

Check out these videos to get started:

Howto Disconnect a Downspout

How to Build a Rain Garden

Once you’ve got the basics in mind, more detailed information is in the the Oregon Rain Garden Guide. If you prefer a class to get inspired, check out a free East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District rain garden class:

The Backyard Habitat Certification Program through Columbia Land Trust and the Portland Audubon Society provides one-on-one assistance to plan your site for native habitat and stormwater management. You will have access to native plant sales, discounts and guidance through a network of peers. Check out their Facebook page at:

If your rain garden manages the runoff from your roof, you may qualify for savings on your stormwater bill through the Clean River Rewards program. 

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