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Bridgeport Central High School Rain Garden

The Central High School rain garden was planted on November 8, 2014 as the first “micro GSI” project. In fact, it didn’t turn out to be so micro, covering 1,000 square feet and designed to infiltrate runoff from 5,500 square feet of the school’s expansive driveway area. The garden is helping to reduce stormwater flows that are increasingly causing flooding and water pollution throughout the City.

Several community members participated in the rain garden installation as part of a half-day free public workshop on stormwater management and rain garden design taught by University of Connecticut Extension educators. Central High School students participated as well, through their affiliation with buildOn and the University of Connecticut Natural Resources Conservation Academy. And a backhoe-full of thanks to the City of Bridgeport Public Facilities Administration for their help with digging out the garden.