Rain gardens are a beautiful and very functional addition to any yard, city greenspace, or walking path. They are composed of native plants which are adapted to the climate, in our case, the Southwest Saskatchewan hot dry summers and cold dry winters. Native plants are the best at holding together soils to prevent erosion and sedimentaion into creeks, wetlands, lakes, and rivers. They can also help filter water as it passes through of extra sediments and pollutants.

A rain garden is a man-made area in which water runoff from rainfall, flood, or other precipation events flows into and the flow is slowed, allowing the water to soak into the ground, filtering through the roots and soils of the garden. This helps mitigate flooding in addition to removing sediments and pollutants from the water before it reaches either the surface waterbody, or soaks into underground sources of water.

In addition to providing a crucial function, rain gardens also add an aesthetic appeal to any area, and even promote a variety of wildlife to be present. This can include insects as well, such as butterflies and bees. Birds, small mammals and even the odd reptile or amphibian may also use these areas as a place to rest, take shelter, or find something to eat!
The Northern Leopard Frog is a Species at Risk that we have in the Swift Current Creek Watershed! Helping to provide clean and ideal habitat not only benefits this little frog, but also the entire ecosystem of the watershed!

Starting in the fall of 2017, SCCWS began a series of water samples at various locations upstream of the City of Swift Current, within the city downstream of storm water outfalls, and near the downstream leaving the city. These sites would help determine how and if the water quality changes as the creek flows through the city, and help us find the ideal place to construct an engineered rain garden. The rain garden will provide an area for storm water to slow and filter through a series of soils, aggregates, and native plants, and improve the water quality before it enters the creek.

In the summer of 2018 water samples were taken at three locations along the Swift Current Creek: One upstream of the city's water treatment plant, one in the center of the city near Riverdene Park downstream of a storm water outfall, and the third downstream of another storm water outfall and also near the end of the city, but upstream of the Waste Water Treatment Plant.
The upstream and downstream sites were also used in the Swift Current Creek Monitoring Projects.

Monitoring site named "C50" was the upstream water sampling site for the rain garden project

The center of the rain garden sampling was taken near Riverdene Park and downstream of a storm water outfall.

The Monitoring site named "H60" was the most downstream site of the city and also downstream of another storm water outfall. This site was also upstream of the City's Waste Water Treatment Plant.

Updates to Come!
We will update with more information on the rain garden project soon! We would like to thank all of our partners for this project and keep checking back for more information to come!

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