Lindenwold High School Demonstration Rain Gardens

801 Egg Harbor Road
Lindenwold
NJ 08021

Lindenwold High School Demonstration Rain Gardens

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Two Rain Gardens at this location! When facing front of school one is to the left and the other is to the right.

History:

The Lindenwold High School rain gardens were installed to beautify the site and to intercept, treat, and infiltrate stormwater runoff from a portion of the high school's roof.

Staff from the the Rutgers Cooperative Extension Water Resources Program conducted an educational program for the Lindenwold High School's Environmental Science class. This educational program included a discussion on what a watershed is, what a rain garden is and how it works, and facts about the native plants that they helped to install in their school's two rain gardens.

These rain gardens are part of the Cooper River Watershed. The Cooper River watershed is characterized by extensive residential and commercial development and as a result its streams are severely impacted by increased stormwater runoff. To address the water quality issues associated with increased stormwater runoff, demonstration projects like these rain gardens are essential.

Type of Runoff Managed:

The rain gardens manage stormwater runoff from a portion of the high school's roof via redirected downspouts.

Installation:

The rain gardens were installed in June 2011 by the Rutgers Cooperative Extension Water Resources Program staff and undergraduate student interns, Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Camden County, Camden County Soil Conservation District, and the Lindenwold High School's Environmental Science class. Staff from the Lindenwold Department of Public Works and the Building and Grounds Department of the Lindenwold Board of Education assisted with the labor of excavating the rain gardens by using a backhoe to remove a portion of the native soil and by adding the topsoil and mulch to the rain gardens. The native plants that were installed in these rain garden were purchased from Popes' Gardens.

Approval to install the rain gardens was granted by the Superintendent and the Building and Grounds Department of the Lindenwold Board of Education. These rain gardens were funded by a 319(h) grant from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection.

Plant List:

Left Side Rain Garden Plants

Black-eyed Susan
Blue Wild Indigo
Daylily
False Aster
Joe-Pye Weed
New England Aster
Phlox
Purple Coneflower
Red Chokeberry
Swamp Milkweed
Tickseed
Turtlehead

Right Side Rain Garden Plants

Arrowwood Viburnum
Daylily
Blue Lobelia
Blue Wild Indigo
Northern Bayberry
Purple Coneflower
Red Chokeberry
Turtlehead
Yellow Wild Indigo

Maintenance:

These rain gardens are maintained by the Building and Grounds Department of the Lindenwold Board of Education, and the students of Lindenwold High School.

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