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Spencer Plaza rain gardens are working to keep Wilmington's waterways clear!

 
 
Spencer Plaza rain gardens are working to keep Wilmington's waterways clear! Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Pfingsten, January 9, 2016
1. Spencer Plaza rain gardens are working to keep Wilmington's waterways clear! Marker
Inscription. Rain is natural, but our hard-surfaced buildings, sidewalks and streets create an unnatural amount of water runoff that can cause flooding and pollute our creeks and rivers. Engine fluids (gasoline, oils, etc.) from the streets, trash on the sidewalks, chemicals and dog waste from lawns, as well as many other pollutants get washed down storm drains and into the waterways that provide us with drinking water.

The Spencer Plaza rain gardens and water storage areas catch rainwater as naturally as possible to protect Wilmington's waterways! Plant roots soak up water and filter out pollutants, and even more water can soak into the ground. Together, the rain gardens and water storage areas can absorb and hold over 14,000 gallons of water during a rain storm - that's enough water to fill your bathtub every day for a year!

Here in Wilmington, rain water washes over the City and can carry pollution into the Brandywine, Christina, and Delaware Rivers.

Examples of native rain-loving plants that you can find in Spencer Plaza: Cardinal Flower (far left), White Hibiscus (top), Butterfly Weed (bottom left), and Blue Flag Iris (bottom right).
 
Location. 39° 44.6′ N, 75° 32.836′ W. Marker is in Wilmington, Delaware, in New Castle County. Marker is on N. French

Spencer Plaza rain gardens image. Click for full size.
By Bill Pfingsten, January 9, 2016
2. Spencer Plaza rain gardens
Street, on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Wilmington DE 19801, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Gravesite of Bishop Peter Spencer (1779-1843) (here, next to this marker); Louis L. Redding City County Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Ezion-Mount Carmel United Methodist Church (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Walnut Street YMCA (about 800 feet away); Saint Joseph Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); Bethel A.M.E. Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); Caesar Rodney Monument (approx. 0.2 miles away); Old Town Hall (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Wilmington.
 
Categories. Environment
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 134 times since then and 8 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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