November 6, 2018

Rain Gardens Dedicated at Olney Elementary School

Fourth graders from Olney Elementary School recently teamed up with the County’s Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to dedicate three new rain gardens at the school as part of the continuing partnership between DEP and the Montgomery County Public Schools to improve stormwater management.

The Department of Environmental Protection has collaborated with the school system since 2012 to identify locations on school properties to install new Environmental Site Design stormwater management facilities. The three rain gardens installed at Olney Elementary will increase the number of projects to 33 at 10 schools overall. The rain gardens at Olney Elementary and one at Sherwood Elementary School are expected to be the only ones established on school properties during the 2018-19 school year.

The stormwater facilities at schools provide educational aid for teachers to instruct about water quality issues, streams, rivers, and the Chesapeake Bay. The fourth-grade class of Corey McClellan participated in the ceremonies.

More information, about the project, is available here.