rain gardens for road runoff

Asked February 18, 2016, 11:58 AM EST

In my neighborhood, there is an intersection where the water pools in the road and cannot reach the drainage ditch. I just talked to the county about fixing this problem. I suggested we put in rain gardens as a new innovative test to prevent road toxins from reaching the ditch and improve runoff control. He laughed and said everyone will want one. I think all water running into the drainage SHOULD have rain garden filtration in place and I'm turning to you, master gardeners for advise and support. Is there a simple plan and cost structure that could be submitted to the county as more effective and cheaper in the long run and become a bragging point for Montgomery County's innovative and environmentally sensitive adaption of rain gardens for road drainage into the ditch that leads to the Bay? My questions are as follows: Would Master Gardeners be: 1) Willing to supply a simple, inexpensive, easy-to-implement plan and cost sheet for road drainage rain gardens? and 1) Able and willing to advise and direct workmen until they established the new, improved protocol? 3) Advise the county as to the environmental and structural benefits of establishing rain gardens for runoff?

Montgomery County Maryland

1 Response

Montgomery County does have stormwater management ponds in some areas. The following link has an address and you can speak with the stormwater management people directly, if you have not already. http://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/dep/water/stormwater-best-practices.html To find out what Master Gardeners are willing to do in your county, contact the Montgomery County Master Gardeners. http://extension.umd.edu/mg/find-local-mg-program vw