The Fremont Township campus showcases several Best Management Practices for Stormwater Management. We recognize the need to do our part to retain as much water onsite for the benefit of the landowners and lakes downstream from our property.

Green Infrastructure Features at Fremont Township campus

Garden Swales


The Fremont Township property utilizes swales in the garden to retain water in the garden area, rather than flow downhill. The swales allow for infiltration of stormwater into the soil, while keeping vegetable plants from drowning. Having swales to hold the water also reduces erosion during downpours.

Rain garden

Rain Garden

Our rain garden is located near our highway department building and hold and filters water that is collected from the highway lot. The garden is planted with sedges, grasses and flowers that are adapted to both wet and dry periods. The native plantings filter contaminants washed from the lot. Water overflows from the rain garden into the wet prairie.

Wet Prairie in the fall

Wet Prairie

Formally a turf covered detention pond, this area was planted in 2018 with prairie and wetland natives that attract pollinators and beneficial insects for our garden, while enabling us to retain more water onsite without the worry of drowning turf.

Green roof with native plants

Green roof

Our cob house in the garden is topped with a green roof, constructed in 2017 by Eagle Scout Jack Frane. It is planted with dry prairie natives, selected for their resiliency in dry soils.

Downspout rocks for energy dissipation

Downspout Spillway

Our downspout spillway was created by Eagle Scout Cody Gehritt in 2019. Our downspout formerly was connected into the stormsewer system. Cody regraded the area and added a bed of rock to help slow the rainwater to reduce surface runoff and supply rainwater to nearby plantings.