People in Winooski plant rain garden to reduce pollution

Published: Sep. 24, 2023 at 8:34 PM EDT
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WINOOSKI, Vt. (WCAX) - There’s a renewed garden in Winooski aimed at reducing the pollution trickle-down effect.

Volunteers dug in at Landry Park this weekend to revamp an old rain garden.

The new garden will reduce flooding on North Street and prevent the spread of dangerous pollutants.

“Stormwater often has a lot of phosphorus and chloride into it and we are trying to reduce the amount of sediment and pollution that’s entering its way into Lake Champlain,” said Adelaide Dumm with the Rethink Runoff Stream Team.

Volunteers dug up old sediment to make way for native perennial plants, which will absorb stormwater and attract pollinators.

The rain garden at Landry Park is one of 12 in Chittenden County maintained by the Rethink Runoff Stream Team.