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EOS Eco-Energy launches rain garden program in Sackville

EOS members and volunteers plant a rain garden in Port Elgin.
EOS members and volunteers plant a rain garden in Port Elgin. - Contributed

Homeowners in flood-prone areas could get free garden

SACKVILLE, N.B. – In recent years, Sackville has experienced numerous rain storms and floods.

Homeowners in downtown Sackville can help reduce flooding by planting rain gardens. Rain gardens collect rain water from roofs, driveways and other hard surface areas and let it absorb naturally into the ground. They are planted with native grasses, plants and flowers that help absorb rain water. Their deep roots also help to break up the soil and improve its permeability.

Rain gardens help to recharge ground-water supplies and also filter pollutions and limit runoff and sedimentation. They mimic natural environments and attract bees and butterflies. They are easy to plant and start working immediately.

“Rain gardens absorb 30-40 per cent more rain water than the average grass-covered lawn,” explains EOS Eco-Energy executive director Amanda Marlin.

EOS has acquired funding from Environment and Climate Change Canada’s EcoAction Community Funding Program to plant 16-20 rain gardens over the next three years in downtown Sackville. EOS is looking for homeowners who live in flood-prone areas and areas that contribute to flooding further downhill who would like a free rain garden. EOS will work with homeowners this fall to conduct a pre-planting site assessment and design each garden. EOS covers the cost of plants and materials and will plant the gardens starting next spring. The Town of Sackville and Terra Beata are donating mulch and compost.

“This is a great opportunity to help address flooding and add some pollinator-friendly habitats around town,” says Marlin.

To request a site visit or for more information, contact Marilin at mailto:eos@nb.aibn.com or 506-536-4487.

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