- Associated Press - Saturday, June 27, 2015

FLINT, Mich. (AP) - A rain garden is being installed on a vacant lot in Flint to demonstrate how infrastructure projects can conserve water and protect the environment.

Rain gardens are urban sites designed to absorb stormwater runoff from rooftops, parking lots, streets and other places with hard surfaces where water can’t soak through. They help prevent flooding and filter out pollutants so they don’t reach streams and lakes.

The gardens are cultivated with flowering plants and grasses with deep root systems that flourish in wet conditions.

The public is invited to help install the garden in Flint on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 2920 Lewis Street.

Senior City Planner Kevin Schronce says the project is designed as a model for other rain gardens elsewhere in the city.

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