Indiana’s Largest Rain Garden

Indiana’s Largest Rain Garden

John Jackson :: Monday, May 11th, 2009

Approximately half of the storm water from downtown Bloomington, Indiana, passes through Miller Showers Park before making its way to Cascades Creek. For years, the water from this 180-acre urban watershed was conveyed through the Park via a narrow, badly eroded channel. The channel was for the most part a straight shot from a large culvert at the south end to another culvert at the north end of the nine-acre site. During larger storm events, the channel was almost immediately overrun. Water flooded the bottom of the park (primarily cultivated lawn) and received very little quality treatment before gushing into Cascades Creek full of non-point source pollutants.

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