Clintonville Area Commission Chairwoman Libby Wetherholt has invited a representative of Blueprint Columbus to speak next month about the rain gardens now in place as part of the initiative.

The CAC's next meeting will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Aug. 3 at the Whetstone branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library, 3909 N. High St.

More than 200 people turned out for a November open house on the effort to eliminate sanitary sewer overflows from reaching the Olentangy Rive.

According to the city of Columbus' website, four pillars make up Blueprint Columbus: lateral lining; roof-water redirection; a voluntary sump-pump program; and green infrastructure.

The green infrastructure projects include rain gardens. Wetherholt is anticipating that some residents who have had them installed on their properties may want to know more about them.

"Now that some of the rain gardens have been installed, there is more of a grasp of the scale of the project, and additional questions and concerns have arisen," Wetherholt wrote in an email.

Rain gardens work by routing rainwater through layers of stone, soil and plants before it drains into the river.

The natural filtering process slows the release of stormwater and keeps pollutants and trash out of the system, according to blueprintneighborhoods.com.

A map at the Blueprint Columbus website shows dozens of rain gardens have been installed across Clintonville in an area mostly east of High Street, stretching from Glencoe Road to Morse Road.

Still, CAC members have heard from area residents who aren't quite sure what's going on, Wetherholt said.

"Some citizens are saying they don't feel they have enough information about this project and that the city has not worked hard enough to get information out to citizens. Many citizens do not understand what a rain garden is, nor how it operates. They don't understand the decision-making that went into the placement of the rain gardens."

Wetherholt said CAC members have been monitoring social media in an effort to quash misinformation about the rain gardens as they're installed.

"We just thought it would be good to spend time and offer this as an opportunity to learn more," she said about the Aug. 3 gathering. "It will be general discussion. We won't have one person saying, 'My rain garden isn't right and what are you going to do about it?' There are other avenues for people to talk to planners about their specific case.

"A lot of people in Clintonville will, I think, like what they see once the gardens are established," Wetherholt said.

However, residents of the sections of Clintonville where rain gardens are not being installed have said they are pleased, CAC District 6 representative Randy Ketcham said.

"The consensus of the people from my area that I've talked to, they're glad they're not going to be burdened with them," he said.

People in his district, Ketcham said, regard the rain gardens they've seen in Clintonville to be eyesores and potential breeding grounds for mosquitoes. They also are troubled, he said, that people who had rain gardens installed on their property didn't appear to have much say over them.

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