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Culver Academies’ First Rain Garden is Coming!

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The work of CMA First Classmen Harrison Harm, John Henderson and Reeves McKenney is coming to fruition as construction began today on Culver’s first rain garden.  For their Service Leadership Practicum (senior service project) the three students wanted to do something to improve the health of Lake Maxinkuckee and decided to tackle this ambitious project.

Located adjacent to an asphalt parking lot at Culver’s Woodcraft camp, the rain garden will filter stormwater run off which currently drains directly to the lake.  This project would not be possible without the excellent support, advice and effort from Culver’s Grounds Department, particularly Dave Blalock.  Another critical supporter is the Marshall County Soil and Water Conservation District who is providing financial support for this project.  The students submitted a grant proposal to the SWCD which awarded monies through the Clean Water Indiana program.

Today’s work was to remove the turf grass sod from the area.  Check back at this blog throughout the week as we eventually will install more than 1,100 native plants provided by Cardno Native Plant Nursery.

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