The St. Paul's rain garden in Albrightsville is set to begin planting next Monday. At their meeting on Wednesday, the Kidder Township Environmental Advisory Counsel made plans to contribute both materials and time to the project.
In addition to EAC members being at the planting to provide guidance and advice, the EAC also decided to donate up to $160.00 worth of mulch to the project. The EAC will also donate a number of perennial plants.
The rain garden is located on the property of St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Albrightsville off of Old State Road. The garden is 600 square feet. The planting and maintenance of the garden will be conducted by members of the St. Paul's summer Bible School.
The garden is located at an intersection of the Church's parking lot and an alley. The purpose of the garden is to capture the run-off rainwater flowing off those macadam surfaces.
EAC member Barb Franzosa explained that the garden was necessary because the run-off rain water was turning the churches picnic area into a swamp. There is an educational element to the garden, which shows the public alternative ways of irrigating.
Franzosa also explained that the perennials to be donated will come from the Penn-Kidder Elementary schools own rain garden. "It will be easy to break up the plants because they have been growing wild this year," she said.