Urban Rain is a Green Infrastructure initiative sponsored by the City of Jeffersonville’s Stormwater Department. The Urban Rain initiative is intended to help members of the Jeffersonville Community learn about the impact that we have on water quality, and how we can improve it by implementing natural processes.
Our landscape has changed from woodlands, wetlands and meadows to paved surfaces and rooftops. Urban and suburban development continues to alter the natural landscape that historically defined our region and pro-vided natural drainage through floodways and wetlands. Increasing amounts of rooftop, roadway and other paved surfaces have led to an increased amount of stormwater runoff and introduced more pollutants into that runoff. Pavement and other impervious surfaces also prevent infiltration (soaking in) of stormwater into the ground to replenish ground water. Rain gardens can be an important way to reduce storm water pollution caused by flooding and increased stormwater runoff that carries surface pollutants into storm sewers and then into streams and other water bodies. Rain gardens can also help re-duce the amount of stormwater that enters storm sewers and the Jeffersonville combined sewer system, causing sewage to be discharged to our streams and the Ohio River during wet weather.
Rain gardens are man-made landscape features where stormwa-ter runoff is allowed to collect and pond for a short period of time as it infiltrates into the ground. Native perennial plants are typically used in a rain garden because they are hardy, they come back year after year and they can actually help filter some pollutants out of stormwater runoff while their roots help water soak into the ground naturally
URBAN RAIN PROGRAM RESOURCES: