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Be the Change

A Message from Be the Change for Clean Water

Rain is Your Resource


Heavy rain events are becoming more frequent and more intense across the Scioto watershed.

These events lead to increased flooding and drainage concerns. Taking action to help soak in the rain on your property will not only save local storm water, but your time and money, too! Using rain barrels, rain gardens, healthy lawn alternatives, and planting native plants are the most impactful ways to help.

Rain Barrels:

Collect and Protect! During storms, rain runoff flows off of our houses into our gutters, yards, and sewage drains. With it comes pollutants and other waste materials that shouldn’t be there. One way you can help out is by investing in a rain barrel that can collect and protect rainwater. Plus, you’ll save some money by being able to reuse the water on your beloved plants and garden!

Rain Gardens:

Flowers for the Showers! Rain gardens soak up runoff water and may happen to catch any pollutants caught in it, keeping them out of waterways, wildlife, and recreational areas. When you plant native plants, they require less maintenance than non-natives and even add additional scenic views to your property.

Native Plants:

Leaf Invasives Behind! Native plants can significantly decrease water runoff and flooding due to their deep root system. They require less supplemental nutrients, water, and maintenance than their invasive or non-native counterparts. Utilizing native plants is one simple way you can help soak in rain and use it as your resource. Next time you’re planning to update your garden, think native!

Healthy Lawns:

No Mow Problems! Healthy lawns can prevent wind and water erosion, improve flood control and provide wildlife habitat. Lawns serve an important purpose to help soak in rain and protect our waterways. Check out this informational webpage for more tips on creating a "storm water friendly" lawn!