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  • Rain Garden Alliance - Rain Garden Alliance -
    Three Rivers Rain Garden Alliance And do your part to improve our environment one drop at a time Meet our partners The Three Rivers Garden Alliance is a partnership of non profit organizations corporations educational institutions and government agencies What harm can a little water do A rainy day brings our region an average of a quarter inch But it only takes a tenth of an inch for storm drains

    Original URL path: http://www.raingardenalliance.org/ (2016-04-24)
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  • Rain Garden Alliance - Resources
    accdpa org Yes No Yes Audubon Center for Native Plants 614 Dorseyville Rd Pittsburgh PA 15238 412 963 6100 www aswp org Yes Yes Yes Yes No Nine Mile Run Watershed Association 702 S Trenton Ave Pittsburgh PA 15221 ninemilerun org Yes No Yes Penn State Extension of Allegheny County 400 N Lexington Street Pittsburgh PA 15208 412 473 2540 extension psu edu allegheny Yes No Yes Pennsylvania Environmental Council 22 Terminal Way Pittsburgh PA 15219 412 481 9400 www pecpa org Yes No Yes Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens One Schenley Park Pittsburgh PA 15213 3830 412 622 6914 www phipps conservatory org Yes No Yes SEEDS P O Box 24036 Pittsburgh PA 15206 412 363 2813 www ecoseeds org Yes No Yes Yes The Urban Gardener 1901 Brighton Road Pittsburgh PA 15212 412 323 4769 or 412 323 0807 www urbangardenerpgh com Yes Yes No Below are additional resources pertaining to stormwater management and design installation of rain gardens as a tool for managing the stormwater issues By following these links you will navigate away from the Rain Garden Alliance website BioRetention Cells Rain Gardens a Stormwater BMP The Vermont Rain Garden Manual Gardening to Absorb the Storm

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  • Rain Garden Alliance - Partner Login
    the Rain Garden Alliance Overview Partner Login If you are a partner organization in the Three Rivers Rain Garden Alliance we ll provide you with an account to log into this area of the web site If you have any

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  • Rain Garden Alliance - Rain Garden Performance
    For Me Planting a Rain Garden Registering my Garden Rain Garden Performance About the Rain Garden Alliance Regional Map Member Login Log in to your account Email Password I forgot my login info The site is made possible through the

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  • Rain Garden Alliance - What is a Rain Garden?
    drain Why does that matter It s all about runoff As our region s forests farmland and other green spaces are paved over for highways housing developments and shopping centers the amount of impervious surface continues to grow All this progress paves over the ground s natural ability to absorb rainwater In many local communities sewage and storm water systems are still connected underground It takes as little as a tenth of an inch of rainfall to overload them causing sewage to overflow into streams yards and rivers And even where storm water doesn t enter the sewage system runoff follows storm drains and surface paths picking up pollutants that contaminate our rivers The result is a wastewater treatment nightmare as the cost of improving local water quality to meet EPA standards will run in the billions of dollars thousands of dollars per homeowner Add to that the financial environmental and health impacts of flash flooding along our rivers and streams and you begin to see the breadth of the dangers that unmanaged storm water pose to our communities The bottom line Rain gardens are a simple way to make a difference Rainwater accumulates one drop at a time The

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  • Rain Garden Alliance - Is a Rain Garden Right For Me?
    rational choice and a philosophical one Whether or not to install one really comes down to whether you want to make a personal individual contribution to the environment and whether a rain garden is a good fit for your landscape One way to make up your mind is to ask yourself a few questions First the rational ones Do you have impervious surfaces such as rooftops walkways or driveways Do you have existing downspouts running into your lawn Have you detected any soil erosion on your property Do you have an available garden location particularly located downhill from a downspout or concrete area around your house Then the philosophical ones Do you care about the environment particularly local water quality Are you aware of and concerned about the amount of water that flows from your property into the local storm water system Are you interested in a simple low cost way you can make a difference If you answered yes to one or more of either group of questions a rain garden is a good choice for you your community and the environment Rain gardens are sprouting up everywhere Check out our map of rain gardens across the region Go

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  • Rain Garden Alliance - Planting a Rain Garden
    a little site preparation and putting the right plants in the right places Here are a few planting tips that could come in handy Although a rain garden can be installed anytime the ground is not frozen spring and fall are the best times to start your garden In spring the soil is easier to dig and the rainy weather means less initial watering Perennials often do best when planted in fall when they have sent all of their energy to their roots for winter Choose plants native to Western Pennsylvania Plants on our recommended list stand up to brief intervals of standing water tolerate drought and have deep roots that let water easily seep into the soil Plus they help to conserve soil and water they don t require fertilizers or other chemicals and they last longer Most importantly they provide appropriate habitats for beneficial insects and animals You can stretch out the flowering season by using plants that bloom at different times And mixing plant heights shapes and textures gives the garden depth and interest Consider adding sedges rushes and grasses to create root competition as well as to encourage plants to follow their normal growth patterns and

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  • Rain Garden Alliance - Registering my Garden
    the next most important thing to do is to register your garden with Three Rivers Rain Garden Alliance Why register Registering your garden will help in many ways Once we know your garden s location and size we can track and report how well it is doing Using a Geographic Information Systems GIS and 3 Rivers Wet Weather Calibrated Radar Rainfall Data we can track precipitation at your location and calculate how many gallons of water your garden is removing from the storm water and sewage systems We can add your Rain Drop to our rain garden performance map where everyone s data is compiled and presented and we can show the total imapact that Three Rivers Rain Garden Alliance is having You can upload pictures of your garden to show off your gardening abilities You ll get a beautiful sign to display in your garden to let everyone know that you are a member of the Alliance and part of the solution to our storm water problem Best of all It s Free Rain gardens are sprouting up everywhere Check out our map of rain gardens across the region Go native Plants native to Western Pennsylvania will work best

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