Rountree Neighborhood Rain Garden Project

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The Rountree Neighborhood Rain Garden Project in the 1100 block of S. Weller Avenue was a partnership project between Stormwater Engineering, James River Basin Partnership, and USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service. Funding was provided by a grant from the Community Foundation of the Ozarks Stewardship Ozarks Fund with construction provided by the Street Maintenance Division of Public Works.

A total of five gardens were constructed in May 2007. Four of these gardens are located in the right-of-way between the sidewalk and the street. Curb cuts allow the street runoff to flow into these gardens. This is the first rain garden project of this type in Springfield. The fifth rain garden is located in a residential yard, designed to catch runoff from the driveway and roof downspout. The gardens range in depth from 6-12 inches. Homeowner participation in this demonstration project was voluntary. The homeowners selected their plants and planted and maintain the gardens. It is estimated that these rain gardens reduce runoff from a 1" rainfall by 31%.

Plants used:

  • Gray-headed coneflower
  • New Jersey Tea
  • Butterfly Milkweed
  • Cardinal Flower
  • Blue Flag Iris
  • Joe Pye Weed
  • Blue False Indigo
  • Prairie Dropseed
  • Prairie Blazing Star
  • Little Bluestem
  • Smooth Aster
  • Indian Grass
  • Purple Coneflower

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