(WTNH) – Is there an app for everything? Well there’s an app to help manage storm water and a rain garden!
Polluted storm-water runoff from urban areas is one of the top 2 sources of pollution in the U.S. according to EPA. Cities like New Haven and Bridgeport are implementing Low Impact Development practices to reduce these impacts. These practices include pervious pavements, green roofs, and rain gardens. A rain garden is a planted depression in the landscape that will collect runoff from built surfaces and infiltrate it into the ground. UConn Extension has developed a smartphone app to help landscapers and homeowners to properly design and install a rain garden.
The CT NEMO (Nonpoint Extension for Municipal Officials) program in UConn Extension has been educating citizens and municipal staff for more than 25 years on ways to reduce the impact of the built environment on water resources.
To find out more about Uconn Extension and Rain Gardens go uconn.edu/raingardens