We keep the water clean in our rivers, lakes and streams. Our mission is to provide for the health, safety and welfare of Washtenaw County citizens and the protection of surface water and the environment. It is to promote the long term environmental and economic sustainability of Washtenaw County by providing storm water management, flood control, development review and water quality programs.
We have many education and outreach programs to keep the water clean – this one focuses on rain gardens. We teach homeowners to build rain gardens on their property. These gardens capture runoff from impervious surfaces (roofs, driveways, parking lots) and send it though the garden “filter” to be cleaned before the water replenishes the ground water. Stormwater runoff is the number one source of pollution in our rivers.
We teach the Master Rain Gardener class to train homeowners to design and install rain gardens on their property. The result is residents all over the county are happy with their new gardens, while the Huron River receives less fertilizers, chemicals and other harmful runoff.