Heckrodt building a rain garden

Heckrodt Wetland Reserve ground breaking

MENASHA, Wis. (WBAY) – The Heckrodt Wetland Reserve in Menasha broke ground on a rain garden Tuesday.

The reserve built man-made ponds in 1999 but the pond liners are starting to break down.

A $15,000 from the hygiene and forest products company SCA is helping to repurpose the shallow end of the pond into a rain garden, which will capture the rain that runs off the nature center’s roof.

The nature center will use it to demonstrate how it provides a habitat for frogs and pollinators.

“What better thing to do with a leaky pond than to turn it into a rain garden where water off the roof of the nature center runs into the rain garden and then is filtered through soil and plants to take the contaminants out before it runs off into the wetland here,” Heckrodt Wetland Reserve Executive Director Tracey Koenig said.

The project will be done in about a week.