Rountree Neighborhood

Rain Garden Project Overview
The Rountree Neighborhood Rain Garden Project in the 1100 block of S. Weller Avenue was a partnership project between Stormwater Engineering, James River Basin Partnership, and United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service. Funding was provided by a grant from the Community Foundation of the Ozarks Stewardship Ozarks Fund with construction provided by the Street Maintenance Division of Public Works.
Rain Garden Demosite Sign
A total of 5 gardens were constructed in May 2007. Four of these gardens are located in the right-of-way between the sidewalk and the street. Curb cuts allow the street runoff to flow into these gardens. View photos of the Rountree Neighborhood rain garden project.

Springfield Rain Gardens
This is the 1st rain garden project of this type in Springfield. The 5th rain garden is located in a residential yard, designed to catch runoff from the driveway and roof downspout. The gardens range in depth from 6 to 12 inches.

Homeowner participation in this demonstration project was voluntary. The homeowners selected their plants and planted and maintain the gardens. It is estimated that these rain gardens reduce runoff from a 1" rainfall by 31%.

Plants in Rain Garden

  • Blue False Indigo
  • Blue Flag Iris
  • Butterfly Milkweed
  • Cardinal Flower
  • Gray-Headed Coneflower
  • Indian Grass
  • Joe Pye Weed
  • Little Bluestem
  • New Jersey Tea
  • Prairie Blazing Star
  • Prairie Dropseed
  • Purple Coneflower
  • Smooth Aster