In an effort to improve water quality, the City of Clayton installed a new rain garden in the Deer Creek Watershed in the spring of 2011 in partnership with Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District and the Deer Creek Watershed Alliance. Deer Creek Watershed Alliance is pleased to provide partial funding for the implementation of this project through its cost-share program.
Located in Shaw Park, a 43 acre park located in the Clayton Central Business District, the Shaw Park Rain Garden is a 435 square foot bio-retention system consisting of over 200 native plants. It is designed to filter and capture storm water pollution coming from the impervious service on the newly installed 20,000 square foot playground. The rain garden was constructed according to the specifications provided by CH2M Hill Engineering, and the Stormwater Management Plan for this project was approved by Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District. The rain garden and plant installation was completed by the Clayton Parks Department using in-house construction and horticulture staff.
Missouri Native Plants Used:
Most plant names link to their entries in the Missouri Botanical Garden PlantFinder Service, which will open in a new window.
|Common name (Scientific name)||Common name (Scientific name)|
|Shining Blue Star (Amsonia illustris)||Virginia Sweetspire (Itea virginica)|
|Blue False Indigo (Baptisia australis)||Switch Grass (Panicum virgatum)|
|Tussock Sedge (Carex stricta)||Wild Petunia (Ruellia humilis)|
|Blue Mistflower (Conoclinium coelestinum)||Gray Goldenrod (Solidago nemoralis)|
|Purple Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea)||Prairie Dropseed (Sporobolus heterolepis)|
|Copper Iris (Iris fulva)|
This project is funded by project partners, the Mabel Dorn Reeder Foundation, and US EPA Region 7 through the Missouri Department of Natural Resources (subgrant number G11-NPS-15), under Section 319 of the Clean Water Act.