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  • UTILIZING WATER

    Ashland Middle School rain garden in limbo

    State regulations lag behind sustainable option
  • Rain gardens are the new buzz in environmental circles, according to North Mountain Nature Center Stewardship Coordinator, Linda Chesney.
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  • Rain gardens are the new buzz in environmental circles, according to North Mountain Nature Center Stewardship Coordinator, Linda Chesney.
    To fund its water education program, Ashland Middle School has received a $500 grant from the Pacific Northwest Clean Water Association to create one. The project is being coordinated by the nature center, but due to minor issues, it has been delayed by the city of Ashland. The fact that it will be constructed on public property is of concern because the garden could become the model for rain gardens in Ashland.
    "There are no set standards for rain gardens yet in Oregon," said City of Ashland Building Official Mike Broomfield. "Their efforts are all laudable, but there are no set standards. In order to tie in private water to public, a code needs to be implemented."
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