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Rain Gardens

  1. 1. What is a Rain Garden?
  2. 2. Why Rain Gardens? •  Protect streams and Puget Sound •  Recharge groundwater •  Filter pollution and reduce local flooding •  Provide beneficial wildlife habitat •  Easy and inexpensive to install •  Attractive and need little maintenanceRain garden at a Puyallup home
  3. 3. Pollutant Removal RatesPollutant Removal RateTotal Phosphorous 70-83%Metals (Cu, Zn, Pb) 93-98%Total Kjeldahl Nitrogen 68-80%Total Suspended Solids 90%Organics (pesticides) 90%Bacteria 90%Source: Davis et al.1998 Rain garden at an Eatonville home
  4. 4. Rain Gardens Reduce Local Flooding•  Infiltrate stormwater•  Move water safely away•  Protect crawl spaces andbasements•  Clusters of rain gardensprotect neighborhoods Rain garden at a Puyallup home
  5. 5. Rain Garden Program•  Residential homeowner focus•  Classroom education•  Neighborhood installation events•  Assistance to jurisdictions•  Watershed approach Steve is a homeowner in Puyallup Steve‘s rain garden and his neighbors
  6. 6. 2011ClassSchedule
  7. 7. Rain Gardens Installed in Puget Sound http://raindogdesigns.com 150 installed as of December 2011
  8. 8. City of PuyallupRain Garden ClusterAugust 2009
  9. 9. 8th Ave Before
  10. 10. After
  11. 11. 8th Ave Before
  12. 12. After
  13. 13. Town of EatonvilleRain Garden ClusterMay 2010
  14. 14. Baumgartner Place NE
  15. 15. Before
  16. 16. After
  17. 17. Before
  18. 18. After
  19. 19. Community Involvement and Participation “Gardening With Ciscoe” Live Broadcast
  20. 20. Eatonville Library 2009
  21. 21. 2009
  22. 22. 2010
  23. 23. 2011
  24. 24. Town of EatonvilleRain Garden ClusterMay 2011
  25. 25. Orchard Ave N and Hwy 161
  26. 26. Before After
  27. 27. Before After
  28. 28. Eatonville High School Before
  29. 29. After
  30. 30. Before
  31. 31. Construction
  32. 32. After
  33. 33. Eatonville Stormwater Initiative
  34. 34. Nisqually Tribe

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