CA Partnering with Wilde Lake High School on Rain Garden Project

Students and volunteers will construct garden on November 19

Wilde Lake High School students and volunteers will assist the Columbia Association (CA), along with the University of Maryland Sea Grant Extension Service, in constructing a rain garden behind Wilde Lake High School. The garden, which was designed by the Wilde Lake High School (WLHS) Environmental Club, will be built on Saturday, November 19 from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The club was interested in starting this project and Maryland State Delegate Liz Bobo put the club in touch with John McCoy, CA’s watershed manager, and Amanda Rockler, the regional watershed restoration specialist for the University of Maryland Sea Grant Extension Service. At the beginning of the project, McCoy and Rockler worked with the students to develop a design plan for the rain garden. Once the design was finalized, Susheela Varma, WLHS science teacher and the leader of the environmental club, contacted the Board of Education for approval and arranged for the Dorsey Hall Garden Club to help with the maintenance of the garden during the summer when the students are out of school.

The project is being funded through a grant from the Chesapeake and Atlantic Coastal Bays 2010 Trust Fund. The grant is also being used for a bio-retention facility at the Columbia Athletic Club, rain gardens in Wilde Lake and demonstration rain gardens at the Athletic Club and Kahler Hall.

A rain garden is a garden in a small, shallow bowl that is designed to catch water runoff and infiltrate it into the ground. For more information on rain gardens and CA’s Watershed Management Plan, please visit or contact John McCoy at

For media inquiries, contact:

Shelia L. Green

General Manager of Communications & Community Relations


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