Beautifying Your Yard for Healthy Streams - Residential Rain Gardens

Benefits of Rain Gardens
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

Our next workshop will be held as follows:

Saturday, March 2, 2019 
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM 

Mason District Government Center
6507 Columbia Pike
Annandale, VA 22003 

Registration is at

Please revisit periodically for new dates and locations!  If you are interested in receiving notices of upcoming workshops via email, please contact Corey Miles.

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, and the Arlington County Department of Environmental Services, 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.