Rain Gardens- Sabin Hall

Sabin Hall rain garden

A disconnected downspout, native plantings, and slope design all work together to reduce the rate of stormwater runoff from the roof of Sabin Hall. Rainwater (or snowfall) is routed to the garden and filtered naturally by the plants and soils in this garden. This filtration process removes nutrients and pollutants, while retaining water closely to the site. By keeping as much rainwater as possible close to where it falls, we reduce the impact on our lakes and streams, as well as the local wildlife.

Sabin Hall rain garden was established by the student organization EcoTone. With the help of grant funding, and volunteers, this garden was planted in 2006.

Rain gardens exist throughout the community. Close by UWM there are also rain gardens at the North Point Lighthouse in Lake Park, as well as along Bradford Beach to capture and filter polluted runoff before it reaches Lake Michigan.

To find out more about planting a rain garden in your own backyard, go to:

MMSD Rain Garden How-To

Wisconsin DNR Rain Gardens