Rain drops speeding across the Bethany Baptist Church parking lot will hit a slow zone by next year. Located at 201 McKinley Ave., Bethany Baptist Church is not only in a bend of Kettle Creek but also has a large roof and parking lot. Across the street are four homes with large roofs.  
All that adds up to a lot of moving water when it rains.  
Jennifer Steffen is the watershed coordinator with the Wapello County Soil & Water Conservation District. She said the church has agreed to a rain garden structure and a crew began work Monday morning on one side of the “green space” area on church property.