2010 Annual Banquet Presentation Stephanie Suter

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Stephanie\'s inspiring presentation covered the Brook Run Neighborhood Rain Garden project, but also the larger issue of stewardship for the greater good of your community.

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2010 Annual Banquet Presentation Stephanie Suter

  1. 1. Franklin Soil and Water Conservation District 64th Annual Banquet & Supervisors’ Election October 21, 2010 Rain Gardens: A Partnership Neighborhood Project
  2. 2. Strategic Planning & Inspiration Photos: Courtesy of Mom
  3. 3. Strategic Planning & Inspiration Photo: from www.soil.ncsu.edu Fires occurred on the Cuyahoga River in 1868, 1883, 1887, 1912, 1922, 1936, 1941, 1948, 1952, & 1969. Photo from Ohio Historical Society website. Hugh Hammond Bennett Cuyahoga River fire of 1952
  4. 4. Inspiration for this project Photos from www.burnsville.org Burnsville, MN Rain Garden Project
  5. 5. • Water quality • Water quantity Higher water temperatures and changes in extremes, including floods and droughts, are projected to affect water quality and exacerbate many forms of water pollution… Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Technical Paper on Climate Change and Water, April 2008 Why rain gardens? • Aesthetics • Wildlife habitat
  6. 6. Rain Garden Stats • 2006: Installed demo rain garden at ODNR Div. of Wildlife (only 3 other known rain gardens in central Ohio at the time) • Oct. 2007: CORGI formed • End of 2008: – 23 rain gardens in Franklin County – Collecting 800,000 gallons of storm water annually • Today: – 146 rain gardens in Franklin County – Collecting 9,680,000 gallons of storm water annually
  7. 7. Rain Garden Stats 21The Brook Run project has added rain gardens, collecting gallons of storm water per year! 2,700,000
  8. 8. Partners • Grant partners: Franklin Soil and Water, CORGI, Westerville, OSU, Watershed Organic, Ohio EPA OEEF, and OWDA Pictured: OSU students Phil Cherosky & Kevin White and OSU President Gordon Gee Franklin Soil and Water Franklin County Commissioners Franklin County Master Gardeners Heart of Ohio RC&D Council NRCS City of Columbus City of Delaware City of Dublin City of Gahanna City of Grove City City of Marysville City of Westerville MORPC BBC&M Engineering Malcolm Pirnie Tetra Tech Urban Wild URS Corp. Williams Creek Consulting Brown and Caldwell Sierra Club, Ohio Chapter Friends of the Lower Olentangy Watershed Friends of Alum Creek and Tributaries CORGI Members
  9. 9. Partners Our Brook Run residents: Ms. Lacy Ms. Pospichel Mr. & Mrs. Jefferson Mr. & Mrs. Neff Mr. & Mrs. Greenman Mr. & Mrs. Bonds Mr. & Mrs. Murray Mr. & Mrs. Zuk Mr. & Mrs. Dickerson Mr. & Mrs. Burnam Mr. & Mrs. Dennis Mr. Dennis Mr. & Mrs. Reynolds Mr. & Mrs. Roach
  10. 10. OEEF portion • Created 5,000 brochures & printed 10,000 more • Launched website • Educational workshops in 4 neighborhoods • Chose 1 neighborhood • Outreach through media & presentations • Installed 16 residential rain gardens • Monitoring storm water runoff quantity
  11. 11. OWDA portion • Control & experimental neighborhood • Installed 5 right-of-way rain gardens • Sampling wells • Monitoring storm water runoff quantity • Modeling predictions to help communities
  12. 12. Residential installations
  13. 13. Residential gardens
  14. 14. Residential gardens
  15. 15. Right of way installations
  16. 16. Right of way gardens
  17. 17. Monitoring equipment
  18. 18. What this means 10,000,000 gallons of storm water: • Improving stream health • Lowering flooding potentials • Examples for landowners, municipalities, technical professionals, & local organizations • Improving ground water • Improving aesthetics • Creating habitat
  19. 19. Opportunities • Cost-share programs for rain gardens: – Canal Winchester – Gahanna – Grove City – Westerville • Technical assistance • Become a member of CORGI!
  20. 20. Thank You! Photo: www.darbycreeks.org Photo: ©CL Evans Photo: from Flower Calendar

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