According to the New York Times, a rain garden is a “shallow, plant-filled depressions, carefully placed, by collecting rain that runs off impervious surfaces, like roofs, driveways and parking lots.”
This allows water to drain into a basin that will not contaminate our drinking water. According to the EPA, the benefits of a rain garden are:
Vegetation and soil use physical and biological processes to remove contaminants carried by stormwater runoff.
“Helps mimic natural drainage processes and reduces the volume of stormwater runoff.
Reduces stream bank erosion and negative effects on aquatic communities.
Improve the aesthetics of an area compared to conventional infrastructure.”