I was recently in Temperance River State Park in Minnesota.  As we walked some hiking trails I noticed a sign for a rain garden and wanted to share it.

A rain garden is a simple and fun project you can do at home.  Just build out a shallow basin in an area that collects run off water.  Maybe near a down spout from the roof.  Then, plant it with flood tolerant native plants that have deep roots.  The plants will help filter the water and also prevent erosion.  The best part is that a rain garden allows for around 30% more rainwater to soak into the ground than a regular lawn.  Helping to restore our freshwater aquifers.

It's refreshing to see state parks installing rain gardens and I hope it inspires you to look into them as well!