Rain Gardens & Rain Barrels

Rain Gardens mimic natural water retention and serve as a stormwater management feature and a beautiful garden. Rain Barrels collect water from a downspout for later use.

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Rain Gardens

Rain gardens are low lying areas created to absorb and filter runoff from roofs, driveways and parking lots. Rain gardens are generally planted with native plants adapted for high levels of water, which help to hold the runoff and filter pollutants while the runoff water slowly soaks into the ground.

Here is a suggested list of plants that work well in rain gardens.

For more information about rain garden programs in Howard County, visit CleanWaterHoward.com. There is alot of information there about potential reimbursements, credits and other programs regarding rain gardens.

Rain Barrels

Rain Barrels collect and store water runoff from roof downspouts to be reused as needed for outdoor uses where non-potable water is acceptable. Because they allow water reuse, rain barrels are a practical water conservation tool and reduce our demand on treated tap water.

March 31, 2021 Update – Due to COVID, the rain barrel workshops described in this section were put on hold. Thank you for understanding. 40 will be given out at the 2021 “mini GreenFest.”  Plans are underway to re-start the rain barrel program based at Alpha Ridge Landfill.  In previous (non-COVID) years, Howard County gave away barrels that can be modified to become a rain barrel. The barrel comes with pre-drilled holes and instructions on how to buy parts and complete your rain barrel. Details and the 2021 schedule for rain barrels will be posted here soon.

Please see the Additional Links below to learn more about rain barrels.