Friday, October 7, 2011

Rain gardens in New Zealand

New Zealand is an island country with keen environmental awareness.  Perhaps that's because they experienced some environmental disasters after colonization by Europeans.

Sheep and deer overran and denuded the country.  Erosion followed.  Species disappeared at an alarming rate.

So it's not surprising that their capital city--Aukland--has some interesting rain gardens.  Recently, I found the following photos on the internet.

The photos are mostly rain gardens for streets and sidewalks. If we're going to improve the lakes, we have to start dealing with street runoff in a big way! (Click on photos to enlarge.)