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More rain gardens planted in Fulda

August 22, 2013

Standing in the background, supervising the work, are Clay Steele (L) a Naturalist with the Prairie Ecology Bus Center, and Ross Behrends, Watershed Technician with Heron Lake Watershed District.  
 FULDA FREE PRESS/Norma Dittman
FULDA FREE PRESS/Norma Dittman
Standing in the background, supervising the work, are Clay Steele (L) a Naturalist with the Prairie Ecology Bus Center, and Ross Behrends, Watershed Technician with Heron Lake Watershed District.
By Norma Dittman
Five Fulda landowners recently participated in the planting of rain gardens that will help with rain water absorbtion and filtration. The gardens minimize runoff of storm water by capturing it in the garden’s depression. Ross Behrends, a Watershed Technician with Nobles County Soil and Water Conservation District explained their function by stating, “Rain gardens are simply gardens with depressions that are designed to catch rainwater runoff in your yard, growing plants that tolerate getting partially flooded on occasion. They provide beautiful landscaping and wildlife habitat. And, by soaking up rain where it falls, they slow stormwater runoff, help prevent erosion, and remove pollutants in the process.”

Funded through the Environmental Protection Agency Section 319 grant program administered by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, some of the gardens were planted on Thursday, August 15th.

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