According to the L.A. Rain Gardens website, Los Angeles County has 300 million gallons of drinking water running off of dry and impermeable surfaces every day. Rain in Los Angeles travels across concrete and asphalt, where the water collects pollutants like automotive fluids, trash and pesticides that it carries downstream through the storm drain system.
The amount of urban runoff that reaches the rivers and ocean can be minimized by planting rain gardens.
What is a Rain Garden?
Rain gardens are shallow depressions in the ground planted with native and region appropriate flowering plants and grasses that trap runoff. These gardens beautiful your property, support wildlife and biodiversity, and direct water into the ground instead of into streets and sewer systems.
Get a Free Rain Garden in Los Angeles
Through a partnership between Tree People and the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, L.A. Rain Gardens is offering free rain garden installations to residents of the Northeast San Fernando Valley--for free!
There are two ways to participate in the test program if you live in the area. The Do-It-Yourself option gives you the opportunity to plant the garden yourself and be reimbursed up to $5000 per garden installed or $1000 per household. The second option, and easiest option, is to sign up and let the L.A. Rain Gardens program to install your rain garden for you.
To learn more about the project, and to get your own rain garden installed, visit the L.A. Rain Gardens website.