University of Maryland Extension

Water-Rain Gardens

How to Manage Stormwater in the Chesapeake Bay Region

The earth recycles water when it evaporates from plants, soil, and bodies of water, rises and forms rain clouds. Rain and melted snow percolate down through the soil. Water is then used by plant roots and soil organisms and added to groundwater and surface water supplies.

Heavy rainfall can wash fertilizers, pesticides, soil, garbage and toxins from landscapes, driveways, and rooftops, down streets, and into storm drains and bodies of water. Climate change will likely produce more heavy downpours in Maryland, increasing our water pollution risks.

When it comes to rain water, the links below will help you learn how to
"slow it down, spread it out, and soak it in."

downspout Flexible tubing redirecting water black pipe diverting water 
Flexible tubing diverting  water from downspouts to be absorbed in yard 

Stormwater Management

rain barrels rain barrel

Contact the Master Gardener program in your county to see if they are conducting a rain barrel workshop soon. 

Rain Gardens 

Rain Barrels

Wells and Septic Systems

Water Conservation and Drought

Permeable Hardscapes

 Read articles on water management on our Maryland Grows blog.

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