Save the Sound, Southington residents and volunteers are gearing up for the first two residential rain garden plantings through the Quinnipiac River Watershed Groundwater Restoration Project. These two Southington families became interested in being involved in the rain gardens project after hearing about the benefits of using green infrastructure to prevent water pollution and protect the environment.
The first rain garden to be installed is set for April 27 at the home of John and Heidi Strillacci at 103 Fox Run Road in Southington. With a dimension of 125 square feet, this rain garden will be installed at the front of the Strillacci’s property.
Rain garden schematic for John and Heidi Strillacci’s property.
Then, on May 11, a rain garden of 115 square feet will be planted at the home of Michael and Jennifer Kahn at 1218 Woodruff Street in Southington.
Rain garden schematic for Michael and Jennifer Kahn’s property
The installation of rain gardens will provide multiple benefits to both the local communities and the environment. Besides beautifying their yards, the rain gardens will create habitat for birds, butterflies and other species. “We love nature!” said Jennifer Kahn to Chris Cryder, Save the Sound outreach associate, when he asked Jennifer why her family is pursuing the installation of a rain garden. She also added: “Our family believes that anything we can do to help preserve or enrich the environment, we should do it!”
Jennifer and Michael Kahn with their sons.
These wonderful environmentally-conscious homeowners agreed to plant a rain garden on their properties through the Quinnipiac River Watershed Groundwater Restoration Project, administered by Save the Sound and funded by the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection. The rain garden project aims to reduce polluted stormwater runoff from flowing into the streets and then into streams and rivers.
The program is open to submissions from residents who live in particular areas of Southington and certain parts of Plainville, Meriden and Wallingford. Plus, homeowners will receive technical assistance from Save the Sound staff and, best of all, an incentive of $1,500 for getting involved in the project. If you do live in these areas and are interested, please contact Chris Cryder as soon as possible at ccryder[at]savethesound.org or at (203) 787-0646, ext. 127.
Help us help the community! We need volunteers to build these rain gardens. Shovels, gloves, snacks and beverages will be supplied to all volunteers (or, if you wish, you’re more than welcome to bring your own shovels and gloves!) Please, contact Kierran Broatch at kbroatch[at]savethesound.org or at (203) 787-0646, ext. 113.
Stay informed with reducerunoff.org. We will keep you updated on the progress of this great initiative!