Thinking of building a rain garden but don’t know where to start? Join the City of Edmonds staff to explore the residential rain gardens along 3rd Avenue on October 9 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Rain Garden Handbook for Western Washington As a guide, you will explore the process of designing, building and maintaining a rain garden and see examples of key principles in action.
According to the city, rain gardens have become an important tool in protecting water quality in western Washington, where toxins from stormwater runoff are estimated to be 75% of the pollution in Puget Sound. As the region develops, native forests and soils that would generally absorb, store, and filter precipitation are replaced by roads, roofs, and other hard surfaces. When it rains, water drains from these hard surfaces carrying oil, fertilizers, pesticides and other pollutants directly into streams and Puget Sound. You can help reduce the amount of storm water and pollutants coming from your property by installing a rain garden.
The Town of Edmonds has been installing rain gardens to help manage stormwater since 2015 and has many resources to share with homeowners. Tour participants will receive a copy of the Rain Garden Handbook for Western Washington to take home, and a list of local resources, including a map of rain gardens in Edmonds that they can visit on their own. The event is free, but RSVPs are required.
Group size is limited and all participants will be required to follow current COVID security guidelines, including masking and distancing. To find out more or to reserve your spot, email [email protected]
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