by Dan Carney
Next time it’s raining, why not catch and store some of that pure water falling from the sky? You can use it for summertime irrigation, emergency supply, flushing toilets, washing clothes, fire prevention and as groundwater to sustain plants year-round. The more water you catch, the less it runs off into the storm drains, which is better for our waterways and all the organisms that live in them.
Survey results from the 10,000 Rain Gardens Project show that many people in Marin want to learn how to capture and store rainwater on-site. And now you can! Get inspired with a self-guided tour at any or all of the five new demonstration sites in Fairfax, San Anselmo, Ross, Tiburon and Mill Valley. The projects are open to the public and showcase various methods of using rainwater at your home or business. They range in complexity from a 2,500 gallon above-ground cistern to a simple gravity-fed rain garden (click here for photos).
For easy-to-follow directions for the self-guided tour and lots of great information about rainwater harvesting, visit the 10,000 Rain Gardens Project website today!
The 10,000 Rain Gardens Project is a collaboration between the Salmon Protection And Watershed Network (SPAWN) and MMWD.