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Columbia County SWCD Rain Garden


photo of a fenced-in rain garden wih porous pavement in the foreground
This photo shows porous pavement in
the foreground and the rain garden in the background

In 2008, staff from the Columbia County Soil & Water Conservation District (CCSWCD) designed and installed this rain garden to collect stormwater from the parking lot and allow it to infiltrate. The rain garden collects a good portion of parking lot runoff and allows the water to seep into the soil.

Site Location

Site name: Columbia County Soil & Water Conservation District
Address: 1024 State Route 66, Ghent, NY 12075
County: Columbia
Watershed: Claverack Creek
Land use of site: Office and environmental education center
Can this site be visited? Yes
Location on site: Lower parking lot

Practice Details

Intent of design: Stormwater infiltration
Size of structure/capacity: about 20 ft by 20 ft
Size of drainage area: 1/2 acre
Plants or materials used: Indian grass, foxglove beard-tongue, blue wood aster, showy golden rod, purple coneflower, Cranesbill, bee balm, wood anemone, little bluestem, big bluestem, dog-toothed daisy, Joe-Pye weed, New York ironweed, ox-eyed susan, false blue indigo, downy skullcap, Culiver's root, wild columbine, blue vervian, rose mallow, boneset, hazelnet, and red chokecherry
Maintenance: Spring mulching, replacing planting as needed, fall bedding
Maintained by: CCSWCD staff
More than one practice at this site? Yes, Columbia County SWCD Porous Pavement

Design/Installation Information

Design: CCSWCD staff
Installation: CCSWCD staff
Date of installation: Summer 2008
Zoning change or special permit required: No
Project cost: $1,500
Form of payment: Undisclosed

For Additional Site Information:

Contact: Chelsea Benson, Education Program Coordinator, Mud Creek Environmental Learning Center, Columbia County SWCD
Phone: (518) 828-4386 ext. 3