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Beautifying Your Yard for Healthy Streams - Residential Rain Gardens
Benefits of Rain Gardens
Residential Rain Garden
Residential Rain Garden
Photo courtesy of the City of Alexandria
Rain gardens, also known as bioretention areas, are attractive landscape features that allow rain water and snow melt to infiltrate into the ground.  A layer of mulch and plants intercept water running off streets, driveways, and rooftops, slowing its flow and removing pollutants before the water reaches local streams, the Occoquan River and the Potomac River, drinking water supplies for the region.

Workshop Schedule
Please revisit periodically for new dates and locations!  If you are interested in receiving notices of upcoming workshops via email, please contact the Northern Virginia Regional Commission.

Saturday, November 7, 2015
10 am - 12pm

Learn how to properly locate, design, construct and maintain a small-scale rain garden— a landscaped area that is designed to capture rain water and allow it to soak into the ground. Rain gardens allow polluted runoff from roads and buildings to infiltrate into the ground, slowing its flow and preventing pollutants from reaching local streams and the Potomac River, a drinking water supply for the region.  Providence Community Center, 3001 Vaden Drive Fairfax, VA 22031.  To register, email

Workshop Presentations
Function and Benefits of Rain Garden
Corey Miles, Senior Environmental Planner, Northern Virginia Regional Commission

Designing and Building a Rain Garden
Asad Rouhi, Urban Conservation Engineer, Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District

Selecting Plants and Landscaping a Rain Garden
Christin Jolicoeur, Watershed Management Planner, Arlington County Department of Environmetnal Services

Maintaining a Rain Garden and Lessons-Learned
Aileen Winquist, Environmental Planner, Arlington County Department of Environmental Services

Rain Garden Resources
General Information

Design and Construction

Native Plant Guidance



Workshop Partners
The Northern Virginia Regional Commission, the Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District, the Arlington County Department of Environmental Services, and the Community Appearance Alliance of Northern Virginia co-sponsor the Beautifying Your Yard for Healthy Streams rain garden workshops.

NVRC's participation is funded, in part, by Virginia Coastal Zone Management Program at the Department of Environmental Quality through grants provided by the U.S. Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, under the Coastal Zone Management Act of 1972, as amended.

Northern Virginia Regional Commission  3040 Williams Drive, Suite 200  Fairfax, VA 22031  703-642-0700 (Voice)  703-642-5077 (FAX)  Email Us