We are working with the Virginia Department of Forestry to install a rain garden which will capture storm water runoff from the large restored barn.
Rain gardens are an excellent way to slow the velocity of storm water and filter pollutants before they reach the closest stream or river. In urban areas, rain gardens also cool stormwater, an important aspect in the summer when thunderstorms wash rain water over hot pavement, rushing that stormwater unfiltered to the closest storm drain.
Check back for more information on this project.
The Virginia Department of Forestry also conducted two winter burns in the riparian area as part of our research on native warm season grass regeneration. To read our news story on the burn click here.