Rain Garden Built at Fanwood Borough Hall

(left to right) Cameron Black, Fanwood Mayor Colleen Mahr, Freeholder Al Mirabella, Fanwood Environmental Commission (FEC) members Margaret Chowdhury and Phyllis Sandrock, Katheen Murray of the Rahway River Watershed Association, FEC member Eric Gaulin, high school student Keenan Porter, and Dean Talcott (kneeling).  Credits: John Mooney
High school senior Keenan Porter, 17, is a member of the Environmental Club at SPFHS. Credits: John Mooney
Volunteers create rain garden at Fanwood Borough Hall Credits: John Mooney
Rain garden under construction at Fanwood Borough Hall. Credits: John Mooney
A description of how the rain garden works. Credits: John Mooney
Fanwood Mayor Colleen Mahr gets down and dirty by helping to build the rain garden at Fanwood Borough Hall. Credits: John Mooney
Native plants are good for water drainage and for wildlife. Credits: John Mooney

FANWOOD, NJ -- The Fanwood Environmental Commission (FEC) has constructed a rain garden to help prevent pollutants from entering the Robinson's Branch of the Rahway River.

When it rains, the runoff rainwater from the exit road and the parking area will flow into the rain garden instead of going to the storm drain. Rain gardens are designed to reduce the amount of storm water flowing to the river by allowing the water to be absorbed into the ground where it is purified by natural processes.
Rain gardens have plants that are native to our area and provide excellent habitat for birds and butterflies.  
The FEC received a grant from the Rahway River Watershed Association to construct this rain garden. On hand to help were Fanwood Mayor Colleen Mahr, Freeholder Al Mirabella, Fanwood Environmental Commission members Margaret Chowdhury, Eric Gaulin, Gary Szelc, Phyllis Sandrock, Dean Talcott, Cameron Black of Gray's Florist, Katheen Murray of the Rahway River Organization, and  SPFHS senior Keenan Porter.
"I'm here because I'm really interested in native plants and sustainable design," said Fanwood resident Keenan Porter, 17, a senior and a member of the SPFHS Environmental Club.  "The rain garden naturally reduces run off while making a habitat for wildlife (birds and butterflies)."

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