Graduate Student, SEAS
Digital hand-drawn animation
This animation depicts the process of stormwater flowing into a rain garden. While on the surface it may appear as though these gardens are nothing more than beautification, there is actually a complex engineering system lying underneath. Traditional ‘gray’ stormwater infrastructure involves zero treatment and acceleration, leading to poor water quality and erosion. The rain garden, however, filters, stores, and slows down water by passing through a series of layers that treat the water with microbes found in soil. Additionally, the native plants provide a healthy environment for pollinators and an accessible green space for the surrounding community.