Rain Gardens

This is an image of green stormwater management where water is directed from the road into a terraced garden area alongside the road.

NOAA Sea Grant

Rain gardens can be planted along roadways and sidewalks as a way to manage stormwater. The water is funneled into the terraced garden area, which reduces flooding on the road and provides water for the plants to grow. The roots of the plants also help reduce soil erosion. As the climate warms, floods caused by storms with unusually high precipitation are becoming more common in some areas. Solutions such as this one are one way that communities can adapt to changing conditions.