NEIGHBORHOOD SPOTLIGHTS

What is green infrastructure, and what's it good for? How is it maintained? These questions and much more are explored in this series of interviews with participants from VLAWMO's cost-share program. 

Each project is a creative blend of aesthetics, drainage strategies, soil conditions, and property goals. Whether the project is large and complex or small and compact, practical or whimsical, hidden or visible or a mixture of everything, each project is a valuable addition to the watershed. VLAWMO is truly thankful for the residents and business who've offered to tell their story and bring others into the learning process!

Medium sized raingarden custom designed around home foundation. Rainbarrel connections and wet basement solutions.

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Vegetated play area, field prairie, and large raingardens (3) featuring trees, shrubs, and flowering plants.

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Multi-phase shoreline restoration including native plantings and alternative turf.

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Small front yard raingarden taking rooftop runoff.

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Insight from local resident Bob Winkler on his water-friendly winter maintenance and Adopt-a-Drain efforts.

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Bob

A Zen-inspired raingarden featuring native mosses and several drainage and grading strategies.

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Sam

Small raingarden basins linked together, large front yard native planting, backyard native planting.

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Pop-up raingarden, dry creek erosion control, native sedge groundcover, native shade planting.

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Shaded woodland planting with native plants and groundcovers.

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Multi-basin raingarden with sump pump basement connection.

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Small and medium raingardens (4), alternative turf yard, backyard prairie.

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Shared multi-property raingarden, pollinator garden, and a small raingarden featuring a sump pump connection.

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Small raingarden with dry creek redirecting stormwater runoff away from home, wet yard solutions.

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Large full sun raingarden paired with a native planting.

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