The Deer Creek Watershed Alliance has helped fund and install 487 rainscaping projects in the watershed. These projects are collectively removing an estimated 188 tons of sediment, 119 pounds of nitrogen, and 23.5 pounds of phosphorus from Deer Creek currently each year! Of these projects, the 21 installed after September 30, 2022 are currently resulting in an estimated reduction of 65 million E. coli counts per day as this pollutant load reduction is now being tracked as well.
Rainscaping is any combination of plantings, water features, catch basins, permeable pavement, and other activities that manage stormwater as close as possible to where it falls, rather than moving it someplace else. Rainscaping practices can include features such as rain gardens, bioswales, lawn alternatives and trees and shrubs, green roofs, etc. to slow down, soak up and reuse rainwater before it carries pollutants to a local stream.
Click on the different types of rainscaping projects below to view photographs of projects that have been funded and installed:
|Native Soil Rain Gardens and Bioswales
|Engineered Rain Gardens
Woodland Restoration and
Creek Corridor Vegetative Buffers
|Permeable Pavers and Green Roofs
More details on accomplishments that have been achieved can be found at deercreekalliance.org/achievements.