Rain Garden Installation
Rain gardens help conserve water while also reducing stormwater runoff and improving water quality
Residential Rain Garden Pilot Project
At a Glance
Rain Garden Resources
Learn more about the Front Range rain garden installation project and benefitsLearn More
The Colorado Stormwater Center has developed a variety of rain garden layouts designed for full sun, partial shade or shade.Learn More
Rainchains in Action
Watch a video demonstrating how rainchains assist water conservation while adding aesthetic appeal to your rain garden.Learn More
Installing rain gardens is a water conservation strategy which includes the added benefits of reducing stormwater runoff and enhancing water quality. This project advanced the implementation of rain gardens as a water conservation tool along the Colorado Front Range. A total of 19 residential rain gardens were installed in Fort Collins, Wellington, Greeley, Windsor, Loveland, Longmont, Commerce City, Centennial, and Denver communities.
This project was primarily funded by the Colorado Water Conservation Board and the Colorado Water Center. However, several water providers, municipalities and non-profit organizations funded the materials used to install the demonstration gardens, information about the project sponsors are provided below.
Northern Water sponsored development and installation of six rain gardens.Learn More
City of Fort Collins
City of Fort Collins - Nature in the City sponsored four rain gardens.Learn More
City of Greeley
The City of Greeley sponsored development and installation of five rain gardens.Learn More
Groundwork Denver sponsored development and installation of two rain gardens.Learn More
Mile High Flood District
Mile High Flood District sponsored development and installation of two rain gardens.Learn More
This project includes collaboration across Colorado State University (CSU) disciplines. Dr. Jennifer Bousselot (Horticulture and Landscape Architecture) and graduate student Thomas Hickey (Horticulture and Landscape Architecture) designed the planting layouts. Additionally, Deryn Davidson, Interim Extension Director Jefferson County, CSU Extension consulted and collaborated on this project. CSU Extension also provided funding for project staff Riley Lynch and Mia Campbell.