New site located for Nash Community College rain garden

Kris Bass Engineering Project Engineer Simon Gregg (left) and Backwater Environmental President Robert Osborne (right) look over the first of two rain gardens during a recent site visit to Nash Community College.

One of two rain gardens is near completion and a new site has been identified for the other as Nash Community College takes the plunge to handle its stormwater issues.

“They just put a river rock border around the mulch bed of that first rain garden, so it should be ready for plants once it gets a little warmer,” said Sound Rivers Environmental Projects Coordinator Clay Barber.

The second rain garden’s new location is slated for a low-lying area at the Early College High School, but there are a few steps needed before construction begins: utility companies identifying what, if any, utilities are located there, and the engineering team determining how much water flows into the site.

“It’s a low, grassy area that has a drain in the middle, so it feeds into the underground network of storm drains. It’s catching a lot of runoff and sediment from the Early College High School parking lot,” Clay said. “It looks like when it rains there’s a couple of inches of standing water in the parking lot and on the sidewalk and nobody likes to have to walk through that — we like to solve problems when we find them so this will be a couple of birds with one stone, you know?”

Kris Bass Engineering and Backwater Environmental are working with Sound Rivers to construct the stormwater projects, courtesy of a state Environmental Enhancement Grant. In addition, a third project — the widening and repair of an eroded swale across the campus — is almost ready to start.