Rain gardens help ease the burden on city’s sewer overflow problem

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- If you walk around the neighborhood of 75th St. and Lydia Ave., you'll notice a lot of green spaces. Marc Mingeldorff has lived on that corner for 11 years and says it's been a work in progress.

"It was beat up sidewalks, cracked," he said.

Rain gardens are planted throughout the neighborhood. It's a 25-year long project aimed at fixing the city's sewer overflow problem.

"The neighborhood needed it," said Mingeldorff. "We're an up and coming neighborhood."

A special kind of pavement was even installed. A porous sidewalk that absorbs water into the soil can be found adjacent to the gardens.

That's another green solution the Kansas City Water Services installed. These improvements are part of a nearly $5-billion overflow control program that was mandated by the Environmental Protection Agency. The improvements bring in what Mingeldorff calls a sense of neighborhood pride.

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