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December 18, 2006

Wilmington school installs rain garden

Wilmington raingarden
Jason Wright, a North Carolina Cooperative Extension coastal stormwater management associate, helps students from Wilmington's Gregory Elementary School start planting the new rain garden in front of the school. (Art Latham photo)

On a pleasant autumn day in a south-central Wilmington neighborhood known as The Bottom, third- and fifth-graders spilling out of Gregory Elementary School of Science and Math seemed glad to get a chance to stretch outdoors.

But the students weren’t headed for the playground.

Joined by their teachers and the principal, they filed out to an area between the school’s front parking lot and Anne Street, where a small chore awaited: helping construct a rain garden to keep polluted parking lot water from reaching Burnt Mill Creek, then the Cape Fear River and the Atlantic Ocean.

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Posted by Art at December 18, 2006 03:54 PM