Hey Seattle-area dwellers, are you looking for ways to change your landscaping and help reduce water pollution? Do you know about rain gardens?
From Sustainable Seattle:
In case you have missed hearing about them, rain gardens are attractive landscape features that remove pollutants from storm water runoff before it reaches Puget Sound. These shallow depressions are designed to absorb and treat rainwater from paved surfaces such as roofs, parking areas, and sidewalks. A rain garden has rich soil and usually native plants adapted to changing water levels. The soil and plants slow down the runoff, thus reducing flooding and overflow in the sewer system.
Of course, rain gardens aren’t unique to the Northwest, but Sustainable Seattle’s rain garden workshops are. If you’re in the area, check them out! Double bonus: one of them is at our friend’s brewery. Yes, it’s in White Center, but it’s totally worth the trip!