MnDOT Rain Garden 2013

The rain garden located next to S 1st Ave and Highway 13 (West Main Street) was made possible by the MNDOT Community Roadside Landscaping Partnership Program. This Program is designed to provide technical and financial assistance to communities that are interested in landscaping state highway rights of way.

The District received $11,000 dollars as a reimbursable grant to install a rain garden at this

location. Rain gardens are a shallow depression that’s planted with native wetland or wet prairie wildflowers and grasses. It is designed to naturally collect storm water runoff and briefly hold the water until it is absorbed by the soil. By helping the water soak into the ground, rain gardens prevent pollution to nearby lakes and rivers. They also provide pollinator habitat and are aesthetically pleasing.

© 2015 Shell Rock River Watershed District, 305 S 1st Avenue, Albert Lea, MN 56007