UNCW creates rain garden to reduce polluted stormwater runoff

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — While classes may be out for the summer, some students and staff at UNCW have been hard at work.

The rain garden project started as a collaboration between the UNCW Surfrider Club and Environmental Concerns Organization, another student group, who teamed up to obtain a Green Initiative Fund mini-grant through the university.

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The swale-like rain garden will help to reduce the volume of polluted stormwater runoff that reaches Bradley Creek by funneling the water through a planted area with mulch to slow the runoff and enhance infiltration.

UNCW is conducting research on the impact of the rain garden, particularly after heavy rains.