UNCW Collaborates to Complete Tidal Creek Rain Garden Project

Tuesday, May 06, 2014

UNCW is working in conjunction with the City of Wilmington Stormwater Services, Tidal Creek Coop, the Surfrider Foundation, NC State University and North Carolina Coastal Federation to make a new bioretention plan/rain garden a reality. The Tidal Creek Rain Garden Project will reduce stormwater runoff between the Oleander Cinema parking lot and businesses next door.

Ground was broken last week and native plants are taking root in their newly established home just outside the Tidal Creek Cooperative. As the plants grow and thrive, they'll also absorb excess stormwater, thereby containing polluted runoff and preventing its flow into Hewlett Creek and the Atlantic Ocean.

"It's mostly being done with donated supplies and labor," says Tom Freshwater, director of UNCW's Physical Plant. "It will be an improvement for both properties and is a public example of how conservation can be done in an attractive and cooperative manner."

UNCW faculty members Roger Shew (geology and environmental science) and Anthony Snider (environmental science) have taken their students out into the field to assess the site and work on the project.

"It's a premier project for UNCW and supports our outreach mission to improve the environment, the economy and the social welfare of the people. These are the kinds of endeavors that educate both the students andthe community while doing something great for the environment," says Shew.