Sustainable Long Island and the ERM Foundation Build Rain Gardens on the Shinnecock Nation

On Wednesday, July 5th and Thursday, July 6th 2017 volunteers from the ERM Foundation, Landscape Ecologist, Rusty Schmidt, Sustainable Long Island staff and members from the Shinnecock community constructed two rain gardens at the Shinnecock Nation Community Center in Southampton, New York. In both gardens, 296 native shrubs, grasses and plants that are resistant to salt water intrusion and wind, such as Little Bluestem, Wild Columbine, and and Woodland Sunflower were planted. The rain gardens were built along the road leading into the Community Center. This design will help to direct stormwater through the site and prevent pollution from entering the ground.

During the two days of the build Rusty Schmidt gave a presentation to local community members on the benefits of rain gardens. He discussed how rain gardens are an important tool toward clean water and environmental conservation, as they are used to reduce stormwater runoff, and improve the health of the surrounding waterways. In addition, Schmidt emphasized how rain gardens promote the infiltration of rainwater into the ground, thus recharging our underground aquifers, Long Island’s primary drinking water source.

The Shinnecock Nation Rain Garden Project was made possible with grant funding provided by the ERM Foundation. Sustainable Long Island has undertaken rain garden planting and beautification efforts at Teatro Yerbabruja Performing Arts Center in Central Islip, East Islip High School, the Clark Botanic Garden in Albertson, the Cove Animal Rescue in Glen Cove, and the City of Long Beach.

 

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