Rain gardens installed at the Lane Memorial Library

  Hampton Union , June 13, 2014

[The following article is courtesy of the Hampton Union and Seacoast Online.]

Library rain garden HAMPTON — Two demonstration rain gardens have been installed along the Winnacunnet Road side of the Lane Memorial Library in Hampton.

This project was cosponsored by the Rockingham Planning Commission, the Seabrook-Hamptons Estuary Alliance (SHEA) and the Hampton Conservation Commission. These beautiful gardens provide an opportunity for the public to discover how rain gardens capture and filter water runoff from impervious surfaces such as rooftops and driveways.

Two downspouts from the library roof now feed directly into the rain gardens, making good use of the storm water runoff from the roof. These demonstration gardens also help the town fulfill the "Public Education and Outreach" portion of the federal MS4 (Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System) requirements. MS4 refers to the federal legislation mandating that municipalities reduce, to the greatest extent possible, the quantity of pollutants that stormwater runoff picks up and releases into local streams and rivers.

These gardens would not have been possible without the support from members of the community. Candace Dolan, a member of SHEA and resident of Hampton Falls, contributed the rain garden design and installation leadership; Pat Navin of the Hampton Garden Club chose the plants and created the layout; Land Wright LLC donated and delivered the compost and mulch for the gardens; the Hampton Department of Public Works did the preliminary excavation work; The Hampton Garden Club, Hampton Rotary, and Hampton Conservation Commission gave generous cash donations for materials and supplies; and a crew of wonderful volunteers came out and worked tirelessly on that warm Saturday to complete the installations.