MRC installs rain garden at Waugh Chapel in Cambridge
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.