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Rain gardens are slight depressions in a yard that act as receiving areas for rain water running out of downspouts or off your roof, street or driveway. Rain gardens capture the water and allow it to sink in before it picks up oil, grease, fertilizer, pet waste, or other contaminants. They replenish groundwater aquifers by infiltrating runoff, rather than passing it into the storm water system. Often they're planted with native plants that thrive on moisture, but can withstand a dry period, too.

Rain gardens are easy to build and make a great neighborhood project. For directions, order Rain Gardens: A How-to Manual for Homeowners or pick up a copy at the La Crosse County Extension office.
  • Western Technical College
    Cleary Courtyard Between 6th & 7th Streets at 400 6th Street N
    La Crosse, WI

  • University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
    Centennial Hall 16th & Vine Streets
    La Crosse, WI

  • Town of Campbell Community Center
    617 Plainview Rd.
    La Crosse, WI

  • Town of Holland Town Hall
    W7937 County Road MH
    Holmen, WI

  • La Crosse Southside Neighborhood Center
    1300 6th Street South
    La Crosse, WI

  • Holmen School District Administrative Center
    W 1019 Mc Hugh Road
    Holmen, WI

  • Three Rivers Waldorf School
    901 Caledonia Street
    La Crosse, WI

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