(Photos by the State College Community Land Trust)
Over the past weekend, the State College Community Land Trust, with Envinity Inc, and Clearwater Conservancy, planted the Raingardens at the GreenBuild Duplex. These raingardens will absorb rain falling on the GreenBuild homes. All but one of the roof planes divert water into gutters and down into a pair of rain barrels and eventually into the central raingarden. Here the water will have a chance to be absorbed back into the ground to replenish ground water sources rather than filling up the sewer infrastructure. If the central raingarden begins to fill up, it will overflow into a lower raingarden; any water that overflows from that will drain into the sewer system.