EPA recognizes Appoquinimink River Association for rain garden

Oct. 11, 2007
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has recognized the Appoquinimink River Association in Delaware as a leader in promoting environmentally friendly projects that control stormwater runoff and help protect the environment. The non-profit organization was recognized for developing an environmentally friendly rain garden at the Middletown-Odessa-Townsend Senior Center in Middletown, Del. A rain garden is a shallow depression of native grasses and plants that collect stormwater runoff from...

PHILADELPHIA, PA, Oct. 10, 2007 -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has recognized the Appoquinimink River Association in Delaware as a leader in promoting environmentally friendly projects that control stormwater runoff and help protect the environment.

The non-profit organization was recognized for developing an environmentally friendly rain garden at the Middletown-Odessa-Townsend Senior Center in Middletown, Del. A rain garden is a shallow depression of native grasses and plants that collect stormwater runoff from downspouts, driveways and roads. The rain garden is used as demonstration project in Delaware on how to control stormwater runoff. For educational purpose, the group installed a sign on the site with graphics and information that explain the importance of rain gardens.

"The rain garden developed by the Appoquinimink River Association serves as a great example of what organizations can do to protect the environment by controlling stormwater runoff," said Donald S. Welsh, administrator for EPA's mid Atlantic Region. "Retaining as much stormwater as possible on land -- rather than letting it run to storm drains -- can help keep harmful flows and pollutants out of our streams and rivers."

The association was recognized under the Leadership in Low Impact Development Recognition Program that was created by a cooperative agreement between EPA's mid-Atlantic region and the Low Impact Development Center in Beltsville, Md. to highlight exceptional efforts in stormwater management.

Low impact development is a stormwater management strategy concerned with maintaining or restoring the natural hydrologic functions of a site to achieve natural resource protection objectives. Low impact development addresses stormwater through small, cost-effective site design and landscape.

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