New raingardens are being implemented in PA and here in PT. WSU will be doing some talking about them today, actually.
A $1.12 million stormwater project in west Port Angeles to relieve flooding and improve stormwater runoff water quality is nearly complete. The city has installed rain gardens at eight intersections on South H, K, L and M streets, as well as a new, larger drain pipe system to relieve flood problems on South H Street. Rain gardens are designed to transfer surface stormwater to groundwater by providing planted “wells” for water to pool and soak into the ground, rather than entering the stormwater system, and to provide a natural filter for surface stormwater. Arwyn Rice reports. (Peninsula Daily News)
And in Port Townsend:
Catching the Rain: Rain Gardens 101
Thurs. Nov. 20, 5-6 pm
WSU Extension Office, 380 Jefferson St, Port Townsend
Stormwater from landscapes and roadways is the number one contributor of pollutants to Puget Sound. Bob Simmons, Water Resources Specialist with WSU Extension, is presenting a free 1-hour seminar on the basics of rain gardens–how rain gardens help improve water quality, what rain gardens are and how they work, and the four steps to creating and sustaining a rain garden. The newest “how to” manual from WSU will be also available (or you can download it from www.raingarden.wsu.edu). Attending this workshop provides an introduction to the Nov. 24-25th installation events, but is not required to participate in those events.
Please RSVP to Sally Chapin, WSU Extension (360-379-5610 x 200 or email@example.com.).
Rain Garden Planting
Mon, Nov. 24, 1 – 4 pm
Tues Nov. 25, 9 am – 12 noon
Garfield St., Port Townsend
Learn by doing, whether you are new to rain gardens or already a pro. Join WSU Extension, Jefferson County Marine Resources Committee and the City of Port Townsend as we install two new rain gardens on Garfield Street. WSU experts Erica Guttman and Bob Simmons will provide instruction and answer all your questions as we plant two new rain gardens to treat stormwater before it flows into Port Townsend Bay. Bring your own digging tools, gloves, etc. More details when you register.
Please RSVP to Sally Chapin, WSU Extension (360-379-5610 x 200 or firstname.lastname@example.org.). Let her know which workday(s) you prefer.