LEED® Category: Sustainable Sites
Stormwater Design for Quantity & Quality Control
The Moorhead Environmental Complex uses natural landscaping to increase infiltration and reduce runoff and related non-point source pollution. Features include pervious surfaces and a green roof and rain gardens planted with native vegetation (see the lists of our green roof plants and rain garden plants).
How can I manage stormwater on my property?
- Identify low-lying, poorly draining, or erosion prone areas and turn them into rain gardens.
- Install rain barrels to collect rainwater and avoid runoff. Read more about rain barrels »
- Minimize your pavement.
- Where pavement is necessary, consider the wide variety of permeable paving options.
Rain garden templates are available
The Low Impact Development Center offers rain garden templates for sunny and shady areas in the mountain, Piedmont, and coastal region of the mid-Atlantic states. Find your region on the map and then select a plan for sun or shade.
Check out this video for step-by-step instructions for installing a rain garden on your property.