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Slowing the Flow in Ballard

Discover how Ballard is taking the lead in managing stormwater and protecting Puget Sound at the FREE Ballard RainWise Roadshow Walking Tour.

During heavy rains, stormwater runoff from roofs, streets, and parking lots combines with wastewater from inside homes and businesses and can overflow into waterways.

In Ballard right now about 2 million gallons of combined stormwater and wastewater overflow into Salmon Bay every year.

The solution: Reduce the amount of stormwater entering the drainage system. The tour visits sites where individuals and the city are reducing the flow of stormwater by encouraging water to infiltrate into the ground and reduce its impact on the system.