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Sustainable Gardens Rain Gardens

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What Well Cover Tonight


What is a Rain Garden Why have a Rain Garden How does a Rain Garden work Design Retrofit Case Study Click to edit Master subtitle style Questions

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A Rain Garden is
Sustainable Low maintenance Green Good for environment Water Sensitive Urban Design Small Scale Click to edit Master subtitle style Make a difference (at home)

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What is a Rain Garden


Part of Stormwater System downpipes, driveways Part of Landscaping Can be big 30m2 or more Can be small 1 to 2 m2 Simplestedit Master subtitle style Click to form of Water Sensitive Urban Design (WSUD) Treats Stormwater

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Why

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Diagram Courtesy of Melbourne Water Rain Gardens Australia Pty Ltd 2010

Whats so bad about stormwater?


Chemicals ie oil, grease Nutrients ie fertilisers Physical contaminants Microbial pathogens (dog poo etc) Storm impacts Click to edit Master subtitle style Aesthetic contaminants

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Typical Gross Pollutants in Urban Typical* Stormwater Percentage


Man made materials eg
Polystyrene, tennis balls, plastic bags, drink cans, newspapers, plastic bottles, litter, cigarette butts, syringes etc...
by weight
10

Vegetative Material
Leaves, grass clippings, seeds, etc...
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60

Sediment
Fine and coarse with attached hydrocarbons, heavy metals and nutrients
30

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Not a Typical Aesthetic Contaminant

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Why Do It Why a Rain Garden


Why do it?
Protect natural systems Integrated landscaping Protect water quality Click to edit Master subtitle style Reduce runoff and peak flows Add capital value

Why a Rain Garden?


Removal of N, P, fine sediment, not rapid disposal Water efficient landscaping Removal of N, P, fine sediment

Detention of stormwater, not rapid disposal Minimal development costs

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How Does a Rain Garden Work

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I Want One What Now?


Where is the water coming from Location Proximity to buildings Click to edit Master subtitle style Reactive soils New development or retrofit

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I Want One What Now?


Garden size / location Plant selection Soil characteristics / mulch Depth (ponding & detention Click to edit Master subtitle style time) Aggi pipe size Overflow

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Design
What works Get design early What doesnt leaving design as add on Caution retrofits Click to edit Master subtitle style

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retrofit pictures
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(tips for the unwary)

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Rain Gardens because

Gardens that clean are green


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