ALPINE – The George Mills Memorial Rain Garden in Alpine last week received a Texas Water Development Board Texas Rain Catcher Award in the Educational/Government – Civic category for its innovative design in managing storm water collection for an environmental garden park. The garden, which is located at the Big Bend Soil and Water Conservation District building at 1805 Highway 118 near Alpine High School, was designed by USDA Soil Survey employee Will Juett of Alpine, using ecological biomes of the TransPecos region. Educational tours will soon be available. “One thing I should say is that there’s a nice little bench by the waterfall, where the water continues to flow for about half an hour after a rainfall. It’s a great spot,” he said.