In 2012 the City of Pittsfield incorporated 9 rain gardens into the reconstruction of North St. The 10th rain garden was installed in 2014. These rain gardens divert thousands of gallons of stormwater from entering the rivers.
See what else the City of Pittsfield has been doing to help the environment.
Three Steps to Polluted Rivers
STEP 1. When rain hits hard surfaces, such as roads and pavement, it runs off. This stormwater runoff, picks up pollutants and trash along the way.
STEP 2. To prevent flooding, the run-off is directed to storm drains which take the stormwater away.
STEP 3. The storm drain directs the water to the nearest river, lake or ocean! Now we understand that this impacts the health of our rivers – we can do something different!
Stormwater runoff is our #1 water quality issue in the U.S today!
Ten Rain Gardens on North Street
In 2012, the City of Pittsfield incorporated 9 rain gardens into the reconstruction of North Street. The 10th rain garden was installed in 2014. These rain gardens divert thousands of gallons of stormwater from entering the rivers .
The Urban Rain Garden
Notice how the garden is below the street and pavement surface. This allows stormwater to collect in the rain garden and filter through the soil removing pollutants as it drains.
Rain and stormwater wash pollution down street gutter into rain garden
Water ponds in the rain garden temporarily. Any trash or sediment is trapped.
- The plants help, too. They take up some of the water and may also take up some of the pollutants.
Water seeps down through the soil. Fine sediment and pollutants are trapped.
- Cleaned stormwater is collected and directed to the storm drain system. Cleaner water enters the Housatonic River.
Five Easy Ways You Can Help!
1. Let the soapy water soak into the ground – wash your car on the lawn Alternatively, take it to a car wash.
2. If you must use fertilizer or pesticide, follow directions carefully - don’t use too much. Consider organic alternatives and don’t apply before a rainstorm.
3 Prevent oil and gas from reaching the ground – keep your car well maintained . Recycle any used motor oil –don’t dump it on the ground or in the storm drain. When your car’s leaking oil on the street, remember it’s not just leaking oil on the street.
4. Pick up your pet’s waste with a plastic bag – flush just the waste down the toilet – or throw the whole bag with the waste in the trash. Everyone can help by picking up trash!
5. Remember! Don’t dump anything down a storm drain - they lead to lakes and rivers! Call HVA, we’ll help your neighborhood glue storm drain decals on all your drains.
Call HVA at 413-394-9796