Bristol planting rain garden today

/Amy Klemko photo

A Bristol Public Works crew is busy today planting the new rain garden at the Municipal Building on 83rd Street.

The village worked with the state Department of Natural Resources and Root-Pike Watershed Initiative Network to get a grant for 75 percent of the project’s cost.

The garden is in a spot where a guardrail used to divide the building’s parking lot. describes a rain garden as:

… a planted depression that allows rainwater runoff from impervious urban areas like roofs, driveways, walkways, parking lots, and compacted lawn areas the opportunity to be absorbed. This reduces rain runoff by allowing stormwater to soak into the ground (as opposed to flowing into storm drains and surface waters which causes erosion, water pollution, flooding, and diminished groundwater)… The purpose of a rain garden is to improve water quality in nearby bodies of water. Rain gardens can cut down on the amount of pollution reaching creeks and streams by up to 30%.”

Public works supervisor Mark Niederer said about 750 plants will be placed in the Bristol rain garden.

Note: Thank you to village Clerk Amy Klemko for sending us the photos. — DH

/Amy Klemko photo

This is what the rain garden looked like last weekend before planting. / photo by Darren Hillock


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