Rain Gardens/Bioretention

Finding the right location

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Soil Enriching
Photo by Kara Bonsack.

Rain gardens are shallow depressions in the landscape that typically include plants and a mulch layer or ground cover. In addition to providing increased groundwater recharge, they are expected to provide pollutant treatment. Rain gardens can be used in residential settings to accept runoff from a roof or other impervious surface. In a commercial setting, bioretention areas are similar to rain gardens, but are often larger, and have an engineered design.

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Eagleville Brook LID/GI Interactive Map

UConn has several rain gardens and bioretention areas throughout campus; visit the Eagleville Brook Interactive Map to see where they are located.


A Guided Virtual Tour of LID/GI Practices

UConn has rain gardens and bioretention areas throughout campus; visit the interactive map.

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Rain Garden Website

To learn more about how rain gardens function and how to install one, visit CT NEMO's Rain Garden website.

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Bioretention Photo Gallery

Browse through photos of bioretention in Connecticut.

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National LID Atlas

Use the National LID Atlas to visit real world examples from Connecticut and beyond.

Rain Garden App

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Funded in part by the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection through a
United States Environmental Protection Agency Clean Water Act Section 319 Nonpoint Source Grant.