Building Construction

Building Construction, Land Use Planning, and Conservation Design



Plan for future growth with a conforming use of the land, low impact development; and design for accessibility to essential services.


Onsite rain gardens are a best management practice for storm water runoff and collection. It can add beauty to a private property and a community development without excessive paving and impermeable surfaces. Utilizing native plants and vegetation is eco friendly and important for the health and protection of our native resources.




Parking Lot rain gardens for Stormwater Runoff     




Parking and Street side storm water gardens


Rain gardens filter out sediment and pollutants so they do not end up in our waterways. They provide the ability to recharge our aquifers.



Details determining the hardiness zone of the area where the rain garden is to be installed can be found at: USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map .


Plants for Stormwater Design: Species Selection for the Upper Midwest. 2003. By Daniel Shaw and Rusty Schmidt; published by Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and is reproduced online (PDF Files) at MPCA.


To find general information on native plant seed germination techniques see: Wild Ones® Landscaping With Native Plants.