A one-inch rain storm sends more than 15 million gallons of run off through Plymouth’s drainage system. That water carries pollutants and sediment to local lakes and scours creeks and ditches.
Plymouth property owners could reduce that run off by more than 10 million gallons and take a giant step for clean water by keeping their first inch of rain.
- Move downspouts from hard surfaces to a lawn or garden where the water can soak in.
- Aerate lawns to improve infiltration. This will also improve the health of the lawn.
- Install rain barrels to catch rain water for future use.
- Plant a rain garden to filter and infiltrate water.
- Use pervious pavers – that let water pass through them – for patios, walks and driveways.
- Grade the driveway or install a trench drain to direct to run off into the lawn or rain garden.