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Restoring Natural Environments in an Urban Setting: Elk Grove Rain Garden

The City of Elk Grove transformed a blighted one-acre site into an educational and recreational experience that mimics a natural approach to retain and cleanse urban stormwater runoff to protect the environment and promote future sustainable development practices. The Rain Garden Plaza project demonstrates the connection between a small urban space and innovative stormwater management practices through simple and cost-effective low impact development (LID) techniques to conserve water.

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