The city in which I live decided to redo the streets and sewers and while they were at it, by random selection, some lots would be lucky to receive a stormwater runoff (aka ditch). We were one of those lucky houses. We were further informed that the size of this runoff would be 50×22 feet and approximately 6 feet deep; watch takes up the majority of our front yard. The installation of this runoff is to capture rainwater runoff and cease pollution going to the Mississippi River. We did what any resident would do and investigate the benefits and risks of having a runoff in our yard. After investigation, we decided that we can only control how it looks in our yard; so we converted it into a rain garden.
Articles like Mr. Keith Miller and Lynda Ellis, continued to talk about how great having one of these in your yard – attracts nature, native garden, improves value of the house, and improves water quality. We felt good about doing this until…
We learned that our yard was now being polluted with all the neighbor’s lawn chemicals – causing harm to wildlife, including my cat, the cost of plants, time and maintenance – spent over $2,000 in plants and we won’t talk about labor and back pains, poor construction allowing mosquitoes to breed and increase of flood risk, and the loss of land. Further, because of the popularity of rain gardens; our lakes and watershed districts have decreased in levels.
And the opposed:
The articles were right about something; it is pretty now and having God’s nature in our yard is a beautiful site. And although I have learned to like my rain garden, I am strongly opposed how positively articles talk about rain gardens and avoids all the risks. Further, no long-term research has been proven that they improve a water quality.