About the Initiative

Why are we talking about rain gardens?

In the summer of 2015, citizens in Toledo and Lucas County sustained heavy flooding from a series of rainstorms. The rainwater from these storms exceeded the capacity of the ditches and storm sewers on which the area depends to collect storm water and transport it safely to our rivers and lakes.   The volume of storm water is increased in urban areas like Toledo because we have impervious surfaces like parking lots, roads and buildings that cause the water to run off instead of being absorbed into the ground.  In response, our Congresswoman, Marcy Kaptur, suggested that we need to find ways to encourage the infiltration of storm water into the ground instead of trying to build bigger and better ditches and sewers in Toledo and Lucas County.  She was inspired by an effort to build 10,000 rain gardens in Kansas City, Missouri.

What is the purpose of the Toledo-Lucas County Rain Garden Initiative?

The Toledo-Lucas County (TLC) Rain Garden Initiative will introduce the idea of rain gardens to homeowners, developers, nurseries and landscapers, business owners, and governmental agencies and assist them in constructing rain gardens as a way to manage storm water by providing demonstration gardens, technical training and public information and involvement.

The Initiative is a collaborative effort between:

  • Congresswomen Marcy Kaptur
  • USDA-Natural Resource Conservation Service
  • American Rivers
  • City of Toledo
  • Lucas Soil & Water Conservation District
  • Toledo Metropolitan Area Council of Governments
  • OSU Extension-Lucas County
  • OSU Extension-Master Gardeners
  • Lucas County
  • Toledo Botanical Gardens
  • Ohio Dept. Natural Resources
  • Toledo Grows
  • Toledo Zoo
  • Toledo Metroparks

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