Landscaping for Healthier Lakes, Ponds, Streams, and Rivers

Rain gardens and waterside buffer gardens are a joy to see, but beauty is only where their benefits begin. If properly designed, these landscapes protect water bodies from polluted runoff and help control erosion. When designed with native flowers, grasses, shrubs, and trees, waterside gardens can also provide extraordinary support for native birds, butterflies, bees, and other wildlife. This presentation offers an introduction to how we can manage stormwater to the benefit of ourselves, our communities, and wildlife.

Download the PDF at the end of the page to see an article on the streamside buffer at Wadsworth Falls State Park, Middletown, CT. It appeared in September 2016 in "Connecticut Woodlands," published by Connecticut Forest and Park Association.