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USDA Service Center

996 State Road 66 Suite 102

Rockport, IN 47635

Contact us: 1-812-649-9136 ext. 3

Fax: 1-855-391-1917

Raingardens can reduce erosion, water pollution, flooding and help replinish groundwater. If used correctly, they could reduce the amount of pollution reaching creeks and streams by up to 30%!


The Spencer County SWCD can help you design and guide you in the installation and maintenance of a raingarden. They were trained at two hands-on workshops at Vincennes University Jasper Campus. Rusty Schmidt, co-author of The Blue Thumb Guide to Raingardens, provided a both workshops with expert instruction on rain garden design, construction, maintenance, and planting selection.

What is a raingarden? First of all, a raingarden is not a wetland. A simple raingarden design is a depression (wide, flat-bottomed basin) designed to catch rainwater runoff. It is planted with vegetation with deep root systems and they are appropriate for catching runoff from impervious areas, like roofs, driveways, walkways, parking lots, and compacted lawn areas.

Why consider a raingarden?

Reasons to consider a raingarden include attractive landscaping, water quality benefits, reduction of runoff and will kill pests such as mosquitos, if they are properly designed.

If you would like to know more about adding your own raingarden, please contact us!

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Courtney Hall - District Admin

Olivia Summers - District Technician