What You Can Do

You can be a part of making Virginia’s Capitol the greenest in the nation! The low impact practices being implemented on the Capitol Grounds and surrounding streets and alleyways can be adapted to residential and commercial properties.

Install a rain barrel

Stormwater can be collected from rooftops by diverting downspouts into rain barrels. Rain barrels also store water which can be used on landscaping during dry periods.  Rain barrels can be purchased at most local lawn and garden centers.  Local organizations also occasionally hold rain barrel workshops where you can make your own rain barrel out of reused containers.

Install a rain garden

Rain gardens are specifically built to intercept stormwater and allow it to soak into the soil instead of running off into the storm drain system.  Rain garden design depends on a variety of factors, so it’s a good idea to do your homework before you start digging. Check out the Low Impact Development Center’s Rain Garden Design Site for great detailed information.

Plant native trees

Trees and other native plants intercept rainfall and adsorb runoff better than traditional turf. Using native plants is an added bonus because these plants require less water, fertilizer, and maintenance than non-native plants and trees. When buying plants from a garden center, ask if they have any native varieties.

Use pervious materials

Whether you are installing or renovating a driveway, patio, or pathway, consider using pervious materials.  Pervious pavers allow water to filter through and be absorbed in the ground.  This will help reduce the amount of stormwater that goes into the stormwater sewer system.

We will be blogging with more specifics on each of these practices, so please “follow” our page to continue to learn about what you can do to help make Virginia’s Capitol green!

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