And, boy, have we had enough rain in the last month to put these gardens to the test!

Washington State University and Stewardship Partners are leading a groundbreaking campaign to install 12,000 rain gardens in the Seattle/Puget Sound Region by 2016. You can actively participate in this exciting campaign by installing one or more rain gardens in your community or in your own yard. Rain gardens help your immediate surroundings because they:

  • Reduce water pollution
  • Prevent flooding
  • Increase home values
  • Make for beautiful, low-maintenance landscapes
  • Help your community save millions of dollars in pollution clean-up and expensive stormwater projects

Rain gardens work like a native forest by capturing and infiltrating polluted runoff from rooftops, driveways, and other hard surfaces. Meeting Seattle’s campaign goal of 12,000 rain gardens in Seattle/Puget Sound by 2016 would soak up 160 million gallons of polluted runoff to protect our waterways, significantly helping stop the stormwater crisis that is threatening our waterways. In addition, Seattle’s RainWise program has a goal to manage 700 million gallons of polluted runoff by 2025. In selected areas of Seattle, the City of Seattle and King County will pay up to 100 percent of the cost of installing rain gardens and cisterns on homeowners’ properties, based on how many square feet of roof runoff is controlled. (Check your eligibility here.)

Building a Rain Garden in the Pacific Northwest

Interested in learning how to build a rain garden? Check out the video below from Washington State University’s College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resources (WSU CAHNRS):

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