MRC in­stalls rain gar­den at Waugh Chapel in Cam­bridge

Dorchester Star - - Regional -

CAM­BRIDGE — On Satur­day, June 18, more than 20 vol­un­teers gath­ered at Waugh Chapel United Methodist Church in Cam­bridge to in­stall a 200-square-foot rain gar­den.

The Waugh Chapel rain gar­den will di­vert rain­wa­ter run­ning off a por­tion of the church’s roof. Vol­un­teers planted 173 plants, in­clud­ing blue­berry bushes, black-eyed Su­sans, and 13 other na­tive species.

A rain gar­den con­tains na­tive plants as part of a land­scape el­e­ment in­stalled in a slight de­pres­sion in the ground. The gar­den col­lects and fil­ters rain­wa­ter from im­per­vi­ous sur­faces like roofs, drive­ways, walk­ways and park­ing lots, ab­sorb­ing it into the ground and pre­vent­ing it from run­ning into streets or storm drains. Rain gar­dens re­duce runoff, which im­proves wa­ter qual­ity in nearby wa­ter­ways by re­duc­ing ero­sion, wa­ter pol­lu­tion, flood­ing and di­min­ished ground­wa­ter.

The Waugh Chapel project was funded by Ch­e­sa­peake Bay Trust and Royal Bank of Canada. Other project part­ners in­cluded Wye Gar­dens, Kelly’s Ex­ca­vat­ing, En­vi­ron­men­tal Con­cern and the Cam­bridge Com­mu­nity Gar­den.

An­other plant­ing will take place at 8:30 a.m. Monday, July 18, at St. Luke United Methodist Church in Cam­bridge.

For more in­for­ma­tion or to vol­un­teer, con­tact Mid­shore River­keeper Con­ser­vancy’s El­iz­a­beth Brown at 443-3850511 or el­iz­a­beth@mid­shoreriver­


Mid­shore River­keeper Con­ser­vancy staff mem­bers and vol­un­teers gather around the fin­ished rain gar­den at Waugh Chapel United Methodist Church in Cam­bridge. The plant­ing was or­ga­nized by El­iz­a­beth Brown of MRC, cen­ter, green shirt and hat; and the Rev. Em­manuel John­son of Waugh Chapel, third from the right, yel­low shirt.

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