Sustainable Long Island recently conducted a raingarden build at Sherman Brown Park in Long Beach.
This garden is a form of green infrastructure that will collect rain water, capture pollutants, and allow for increased water infiltration.
The garden was built with a dry creek bed, which will help direct stormwater through the site. Over 30 volunteers and members from the City of Long Beach and SLI, including raingarden consultant Rusty Schmidt, helped plant native shrubs that are resistant to salt water intrusion and wind, such as Red Chokeberry, Sea Myrtle, and Coastal Sweet Pepperbush.
The raingarden was funded by the New York State Pollution Prevention Institute through a grant from the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation.