Jul 04, 2018

Elementary Students Plant Rain Garden in Rockford, Mich.

The storm water runoff management project is funded by the EPA’s Great Lakes Restoration Initiative

Michigan elementary students plant rain garden
Michigan elementary students plant rain garden

Students from Parkside Elementary in Rockford, Mich., planted a rain garden to capture storm water runoff and protect Rum Creek. Approximately 150 students partnered with Trout Unlimited, Plaster Creek Stewards, Miller Pipeline and the city of Rockford to develop the rain garden which included more than 2,000 native plants.

According to MLive, the project was funded by the U.S. EPA’s Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, which was formed in 2010 to restore the region. Fifth-grade students from Tara Dzirvowcz’s class have been working on the project and learning about water quality in the creek for two years.

“The students have taken great pride seeing their project come to fruition this year with the hard work of their own hands and express a strong sense of stewardship for their community and environment,” said Jamie Vaughan of Trout Unlimited to MLive.