Puget Sound Starts Here is a partnership of cities, counties, state and federal agencies, nonprofit groups, and local organizations dedicated to improving water quality and aquatic habitat in the Puget Sound region.
Landscaping & Water
A rain garden acts like a native forest by collecting, absorbing, and filtering storm water runoff from roof tops, driveways, patios, and other areas that don't allow water to soak in.
Rain gardens reduce the need for costly "gray" stormwater infrastructure and give healthy soils and plants an opportunity to capture and filter urban runoff before it has a chance to harm our creeks, lakes, rivers and Puget Sound.
Green roofs can be found in several forms, from a roof-top garden to a large expansive commercial green roof. A primary benefit of green roofs, especially in the rainy Northwest, is the significant reduction in surface run off volu