Stormwater Reduction & Pollution Prevention
Not only is it important to be stewards of our surface waters, but our groundwater resources as well. As more natural land is converted to impervious surface, such as roads, buildings and shopping malls, the less rain water infiltrates through the soil to recharge our ground water. It is important to consider these factors and how Low Impact Development can help ensure we aren’t jeopardizing our land and water resources. Below are some great non-point water efficiency and stormwater reduction strategies you can employ at your home or business!
1. Rain Gardens
Rain Gardens employ native plants to help capture rainwater on your property to prevent stormwater runoff and associated water pollution. They not only serve to prevent pollution of our lakes and streams, but help recharge groundwater aquifers, serve as habitat for native butterflies and beautify your property. Learn more at www.raingardens.org
2. Rain Barrels
Rain barrels allow you to capture irrigation water and reduce stormwater run-off as well your water bill.
- Do It Yourself instructions for rain barrel building, courtesy of West Michigan Environmental Action Council
- Used pickle barrels are available for rain barrel construction for $8-$10 from Wood Recycling near Howard City, Michigan. Call 231-218-5091 for more information. You can also purchase used food-grade barrels from DeWitt Barrels, in Marne, Michigan. For more information, visit their web site.