Rain gardens reduce the need for costly stormwater infrastructure and give natural systems an opportunity to capture and break down the many contaminants found in urban runoff before returning water to streams, lakes, and underground water tables. Many people do not realize the extent to which pollution gathers on roadways and is washed, unfiltered, into streams, lakes and Puget Sound. Rain gardens work like a native forest by capturing and filtering this runoff from roads, rooftops, driveways, and other hard surfaces with healthy, spongy soils and a diversity of plants. Rain gardens are beautiful landscape features for our homes and public spaces that simultaneously clean our waterways, create habitat and generally green up the built environment.
Washington State University and Stewardship Partners are leading a new groundbreaking campaign to install 12,000 rain gardens in the Seattle/Puget Sound Region by 2016. Meeting the goal of 12,000 rain gardens in Puget Sound by 2016 would soak up 160 million gallons of urban runoff each year and keep it out of our waterways, significantly helping stop the stormwater crisis that is threatening Puget Sound. Help us reduce water pollution and prevent flooding in the Puget Sound area by installing a rain garden in your area soon. Get in the game, join the 12,000 Rain Gardens in Puget Sound Campaign! and follow them on Facebook.
Also check out the latest Rain Garden Handbook for Western Washington - A Guide for Design, Installation, and Maintenance.