As cities and suburbs grow and replace forests and agricultural land, increased stormwater runoff from impervious surfaces becomes a problem. Stormwater runoff from developed areas increases flooding; carries pollutants from streets, parking lots, and even lawns into local streams and lakes; and leads to costly municipal improvements in stormwater treatment structures.
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The Adopt-a-Rain Garden Program is designed to give the community a hands-on opportunity to help keep Owatonna’s rain gardens clean and attractive by performing basic maintenance activities like picking up litter, pulling weeds, and installing new mulch when needed.
The adoption term lasts 2 years, and each year, the adoption commitment begins in April and concludes the end of October.
The Adopt-a-Rain Garden Program is open to:
The application and information packet for the Adopt-a-Rain Garden Program can be downloaded at the top of this page, picked up at the City Offices at West Hills Circle, or we can mail one to you, just contact the Water Quality Specialist or email Stormwater Management.