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Rain Gardens
Rain gardens are shallow depressions in the ground created to collect and temporarily hold runoff water. They are typically planted with several different native plant species. Rain gardens allow water to filter into the ground and also filter out pollutants. Rain gardens can also be used to attract several beautiful butterflies and birds.

Rain gardens collect runoff water from downspouts, driveways, sidewalks, and lawns. This helps reduce the amount of runoff water that enters waterways and increases water soaking into the ground. Rain gardens also help remove natural and artificial pollutants in the runoff by filtering the water and capturing these pollutants. Rain gardens also create habitat for many different bird and butterfly species.

Local Rain Gardens
View a list of native plant nurseries that provide rain garden plants or provide technical support for designing and installation.


Dani Santry

Water Resource Specialist

206 Court St.
Chilton, WI 53014

Ph: 920-849-1493, ext. 2402
Fx: 920-849-1481

Monday - Friday
8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Calumet County Government
206 Court Street
Chilton, WI 53014

Main Offices
(920) 849-2361
(833) 620-2730
8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. M-F