In the city of Detroit city officials transformed vacant lots, left behind after home were destroyed, into rain gardens that helped to control stormwater. This was done using the empty basements that were left behind following the destruction which provided an opportunity to collect and retain stormwater.

The project which includes representatives from he Land Bank Authority, the University of Michigan, the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department, as well as community groups is one that these groups hope to expand:

To date, four vacant lots have been converted into pilot rain gardens. The hope is to learn from these four pilots and expand the program to hundreds of sites, according to Joan Nassauer professor of landscape architecture in the School of Natural Resources and Environment at the University of Michigan.

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