For the second time in less than a year, Edmonds residents are coming together to help control excessive storm water runoff in their neighborhood by building a cluster of rain gardens.
A half dozen homeowners between Edmonds City Park and the Town of Woodway are the latest to become part of the joint project spearheaded by the Snohomish Conservation District, the City of Edmonds and WSU Master Gardeners to use rain gardens to help mitigate storm water runoff and erosion, while providing and enhancing habitat for everything from soil organisms to birds to tree frogs. They join a similar group from the Perrinville area, who built a cluster of rain gardens last fall (see My Edmonds News coverage here.
According to Kate Riley, program manager for the Snohomish Conservation District, rain gardens can help restore many critical benefits that are lost as the built environment becomes more pervasive. She points out that contaminated runoff has already been identified as the major cause of juvenile salmon deaths.
“These fish depend on spawning and rearing areas free of pollution and contamination,” she said. “A big part of the solution is better management of runoff water, and rain gardens are one way to help make this happen. It’s an easy, inexpensive, low impact way to manage runoff.”
Interested in learning more or becoming part of a future neighborhood rain garden project? Just click here and take the Snohomish County Conservation District’s five-minute rain garden survey. In addition to joining their rain garden contact list, you’ll be entered into a drawing to win a free rain barrel.
For more information and links where you can learn more about rain gardens, how they work and how to build them, go to My Edmonds News’ story regarding last fall’s rain garden project, or contact Kate Riley directly at 425-377-7004 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
— Story and photos by Larry Vogel