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Community volunteers will join the North Carolina Coastal Federation for a rain garden planting event at River Run Plantation subdivision from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Nov. 3. Residents and other volunteers will install native plants, trees and shrubs in four newly constructed rain gardens at the community boat ramp adjacent to the Lockwood Folly River.
The federation is working with residents to design and install two stormwater-reduction projects in the subdivision. The projects are designed to capture stormwater runoff from the surrounding roads, parking areas and paved marina area. This work is part of a multi-year effort to identify and mitigate the causes of stormwater pollution within the Lockwood Folly River watershed. Stormwater is the number one source of water quality pollution in North Carolina.
The N.C. Coastal Federation is leading the effort in partnership with the Brunswick County Soil and Water Conservation District, Brunswick County Engineering Department and the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service. The district’s Community Conservation Assistance Program (CCAP) is providing close to $9,000 for the project through a grant provided by the N.C. Attorney General’s Environmental Enhancement Grant Program. The neighborhood homeowners association provided the necessary matching funds.
Rain gardens will help to slow down and soak up the rainwater flowing off the streets and parking areas that drain into the Lockwood Folly River by way of the community marina and boat ramp. When the project is complete, the stormwater, which can carry fecal coliform bacteria, sediment and other pollutants, will be re-directed and treated before it can reach the Lockwood Folly River.
Rain gardens are excavated and prepared depressions that are planted with native trees, shrubs, grasses and flowers. They are designed to be aesthetically pleasing, provide natural habitat for birds, insects and other wildlife; promote sustainable design practices; and encourage environmental stewardship and community pride. They also serve as “living classrooms” by providing demonstrations of suitable stormwater reduction techniques that can be incorporated into backyards within the neighborhood.
Similar rain gardens were recently constructed and planted at the Winding River subdivision in Brunswick County as part of a comprehensive effort to reduce stormwater flowing into the Lockwood Folly River.
To tour the completed project at Winding River and/or participate in the Nov. 3 planting, e-mail Tracy Skrabal at email@example.com.
NOTE: A back-up planting day in case of rain will be scheduled for Nov. 4.