Save the Sound Holds First Residential Rain Garden Planting in Southington

Last weekend, we held the first residential rain garden planting  as part of our Quinnipiac River Watershed Project.

Rain Garden group shot - 5.11.13Despite the rainy weather, volunteers spent four hours constructing the garden, planting White Astilbe, Lowbush blueberry, Cinnamon fern, Mountain laurel, Inkberry and Red-osier dogwood.

Here are a few of the highlights from Saturday’s planting:

Map of the rain garden
Map of the rain garden

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The Quinnipiac River Watershed project will replace groundwater by constructing 12 residential rain gardens and one large municipal-commercial rain garden (bioretention) project in the towns in the Quinnipiac River Watershed, including Southington, Meriden, Wallingford and Cheshire. These green infrastructure projects will absorb stormwater run-off and thereby “recharge” the groundwater aquifers, replenishing some of the drinking water resource.  When completed, the Quinnipiac River Watershed Project is anticipated to infiltrate 340,000 gallons of clean water annually back into the groundwater public water supply.

Funding for this project was provided from the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection’s Quinnipiac River Groundwater Natural Resources Damages Fund. Save the Sound is working on this project in partnership with the University of Connecticut’s NEMO Program, the United States Geological Survey, and the Town of Southington.


Save the Sound has grant money exclusively for homeowners in the Quinnipiac River area, with first priority for certain parts of Southington, and secondarily in Plainville, Meriden and Wallingford. We’ll guide you through the process, provide expert advice and best of all, give you an incentive worth up to $1,500 for helping us to help your community.

If you are interested in building a rain garden, contact Evan Welsh at or 203-787-0646 ext. 116 or visit for more information.

Posted by Rebecca Kaplan, director of communications for CFE/Save the Sound

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