Rain Garden Project

Rain gardens keep our precious water clean. They capture stormwater runoff, clean and filter pollutants, and provide habitat for wildlife. On July 1, 2011, the Arkansas Natural Resources Commission (ANRC) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) awarded two grants totaling $350,000 to build rain gardens to improve water quality. Beaver Water District was awarded $139,000 and the Illinois River Watershed Partnership (IRWP) received $211,000 to build rain gardens for the Northwest Arkansas Rain Garden Project over the next three years. By July of 2014, 60 “demonstration” rain gardens will be installed  in the Illinois River Watershed and the West Fork-White River/Beaver Lake-White River Watershed. Additionally, more than 300 people will have been trained and will have volunteered to install gardens in their communities.  Watch this footage from our last Rain Garden Training held in Huntsville, Arkansas, in Madison County on April 11 of 2014. Check back later for a longer presentation. All the resources developed for this project are available below free of charge!

Rain Garden Manual
Rain Garden Tools
How to size/build a garden
Case Studies PP Presentation
West Fork Rain Gardens
Benton County Rain Gardens
More on Rain Gardens
Illinois River Watershed Protection
Hands On Exercise
Hands on Exercise Example
Northwest Arkansas Native Plants
Native Plants Brochure
Weeds of Arkansas
AR Dept of Environmental Quality Storm Water PPP
City of Fayetteville Low Impact Development Code
Greenland Case Study
Bentonville Public Library Case Study
John Brown University Case Study

Rain gardens may be planted by homeowners, businesses, educators, city officials and planners, landscape architects, engineers, and others who are interested in improving the landscape and watershed using a low-impact development technique such as rain gardens. Rain gardens help to control and filter stormwater. Rain gardens empower communities to confront local watershed concerns. For more information, download one of the following documents, or contact Becky Roark, the Rain Garden Resource Specialist with IRWP: BWD Rain Garden Fact Sheet; Rain Garden: Project AwardedRain Garden Project BrochureRain Garden-Native Plants Brochure.

Watch this fun video/singalong of the Rain Garden Song by Marshall Mitchell! And watch this short video explaining the simple concepts about rain gardens!