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Using rain gardens to filter storm water runoff is one way Gregory Elementary students are helping restore polluted Burnt Mill Creek. They planted a rain garden in front of the school to prevent flooding, and allow runoff to pass through the ground soil. The garden is an example of a best management practice. It is just another small way to help reduce pollution heading toward the creek. Patrick Beggs, Cooperative Extension, said, "When it rains you have runoff, and the runoff is polluted, and instead of it going straight into Burnt Mill Creek, it goes straight into something like a rain garden. It slowly filters out chemicals and pollutants, and it slows the water down, and it seeps into the creek." A backyard rain garden can help slow runoff and allow rainwater to be re-used.

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