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Neuse Riverkeeper Samantha Krop was in New Bern this week and stopped by West Craven Middle School to check on one of the rain gardens installed a year ago through Sound Rivers’ Campus Stormwater Program. The rain garden, as seen in the photos below, is thriving. Take a look at the difference a year makes: the first photo was taken in December 2022 as Program Director Clay Barber and Backwater Environmental planted native species in the newly constructed rain garden. The second photo is of a rain garden that is doing its job: collecting runoff and allowing the water to filter through the soil slowly, removing excess nutrients and other pollution.

The West Craven Middle School rain garden as its being planted with native species, December 2022.
The same rain garden a year later: native species are thriving and helping to absorb stormwater runoff on the campus.

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