In late fall 2011, Culver's Landscaping constructed the first rain garden on Coe College's campus. The rain garden, which is located north of Hickok Hall, is designed to divert runoff from Hickok's roof from the storm sewer and instead let it infiltrate to groundwater. In addition, the site will be instrumented to allow Coe students and faculty to collect data on the flow of water into the rain garden, the water level within it, and the movement of soil moisture through the profile. The rain garden will serve as a model for others interested in installing such a feature and will provide data for student and faculty researchers.
For more information about Coe's rain garden, click on the links in the sidebar to the left.
The creation and instrumentation of the garden was funded by the senior gift of the Coe class of 2008 and a Community Partnership grant from the Cedar Rapids Linn County Solid Waste Agency. In-kind support also came from Culver's Landscape, Amy Bouska (Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship), Jon Gallagher (Linn County Soil and Water Conservation District), and Dr. Mary Skopec (Iowa Geological Survey Bureau-Iowa Department of Natural Resources).