"Rain Garden at WITC"

By KBJR News 1

September 1, 2011 Updated Sep 1, 2011 at 9:44 AM CDT

Storm Water Runoff is a problem we face across the Northland and helping to purify and slow down the flow is key to keeping our environment healthy.

In this week's "Your Green Life" Meteorologist Jeff Edmondson takes us to Ashland where one school is a pioneer in the fight against storm water runoff.

Rainfall running off you roof and flowing down the parking lot into the storm drain isn't the best way to get rid of storm water. At the Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College in Ashland, the students and staff helped create this rain garden to slow down the flow of storm water runoff.

"The main reason is to try to slow the flow of water that runs through the creek in Ashland. They have recently put in curb and gutter on the roads that speed up the flow of water to the creeks and the lake," said Ted May. Academic Dean at WITC

WITC in Ashland has installed three interconnected Rain Gardens. The gardens are located adjacent to the campus parking lot where the majority of storm runoff occurs.
Northland College Students got help from some area businesses to develop the gardens.

"It provides an opportunity for our community to learn how rain gardens work, and the negative effects of water runoff," said Steve Bitzer. Capus Administrator.

WITC also has installed a solar panel on campus to help reduce dependence on traditional energy sources and to serve as a learning tool for students seeking the Renewable Energy Certificate.
For these efforts and more WITC was awarded the 2011 Lake Superior BiNational Forum's Environmental Stewardship Award.
In Ashland I'm Meteorologist Jeff Edmondson, The Northlands NewsCenter.

WITC plans to expand its recycling efforts district wide by cutting down plastic bottle waste.