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Faculty Launch Rain Garden Project in North Knoxville

Group of students and faculty digging a rain garden.

In an effort to enhance local conservation efforts and help residents who live in a flood-prone area of the city, three UT faculty members will work with a group of homeowners to install rain gardens in the Edgewood Park neighborhood of Knoxville.

The faculty members—Lisa Reyes Mason, associate professor and PhD program director in the College of Social Work; Jon Hathaway, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering; and Andrea Ludwig, associate professor in biosystems engineering—are overseeing the rain garden project. They’ve received a $7,000 grant from the Alliance of Women Philanthropists and $1,000 from UT’s Office of Community Engagement and Outreach to fund the project.

A demonstration garden is now being built at the North Knoxville Branch of the Knox County Library in the heart of the Edgewood Park neighborhood. Interested neighborhood homeowners can apply to have a rain garden built on their property.

Read about the project.