Downtown St. Louis installs rain garden

The Downtown Community Improvement District said Wednesday it installed its first demonstration rain garden at 11th and Pines streets.

The organization said it hopes the project will kick off a trend toward more sustainable streetscapes in the city.

The pilot garden was designed to capture rain water from the gutter and adjacent parking lot, prior to reaching the sewer system. This sustainable landscape does not require watering and gives back to the environment by specifically designated plants and soil mix that filter out 80 to 90 percent of the pollutants from car fluid and road treatment chemicals, CID officials said.

The materials and labor that went into the construction of this rain garden were fully donated by the City of St. Louis Department of Streets, HOK, Midwest Products, St. Louis Composting, Forrest Keeling Nursery and the Downtown CID.

Rain gardens are gaining popularity in downtowns across the nation and abroad.

Read more in the St. Louis Business Journal.

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