StormwaterPA and GreenTreks Network recently released a new video, Rain Gardens: Saving Streams One Yard at a Time. The video is set in Ambler, Pa., which is immediately upstream from Philadelphia and in the Wisshickon watershed. During the next several years, the Ambler Environmental Advisory Council is encouraging homeowners to plant 100 rain gardens. The video shows a few of these projects and discusses a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 3 initiative, Rain Gardens for the Bays. The Ambler rain garden program is one of the first in the Delaware Estuary in Pennsylvania.
The video discusses the benefits rain gardens can confer on water quality, drinking water costs, flood control, and aquatic and land habitats. It also touches on rain garden design elements and plant selection.