Alloway’s New Rain Garden and Stormwater Management Plan

Alloway is in the process of implementing a new stormwater management plan that utilizes rain barrels and a rain/butterfly garden to minimize runoff. The new rain and butterfly garden will be in the back lot of the Alloway Lima facility. The new garden will allow stormwater to be absorbed into the ground and naturally filtered.

In addition to the creation of this new garden, rain barrels are currently placed outside the buildings at roof downspouts to store rooftop runoff for later reuse in lawn and garden watering. These stormwater solutions provide a simple, but valuable method to decrease the amount of precipitation that ends up in storm drains and sewer systems.

According to the US EPA, when stormwater is unable to naturally soak into the ground, many consequences can occur:

  • Stream bank erosion
  • Increased turbidity from erosion
  • Habitat destruction
  • Changes in the stream flow Combined sewer overflows
  • Infrastructure damage
  • Contaminated streams, rivers, and coastal water
  •  Downstream flooding

Through the creation of a rain/butterfly garden and the use of rain barrels, Alloway is helping to mitigate some of these harmful consequences. To learn more about stormwater management, visit the US EPA’s website