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Tomorrow: Why Build a Rain Garden?

rain gardenSeattle residents interested in installing a rain garden or cistern in their yards can find out more at an open house tomorrow.

A rain garden is a shallow, constructed depression that is planted with deep-rooted native plants and grasses. It is located in your landscape to receive polluted runoff from hard surfaces such as a roof, a sidewalk and a driveway. The typical single-family home sheds about 20,000 gallons of stormwater runoff each year. Rain gardens slow down the rush of water from these hard surfaces, hold the water for a short period of time and allow it to naturally infiltrate into the ground.

When: Thursday, September 26, 6 pm – 7:30 pm

Where: Montlake Community Center Multi-Purpose Room

Why: Learn if you are eligible for rebates that can cover 80-100 percent of the cost of installation. It’s a beautiful addition to your yard and can help protect our waterways.

At this FREE event you can also:

  • Hear from satisfied customers about their completed rain garden and cistern projects
  • Ask questions to get your project started.
  • See examples of projects around the city.

More information about RainWise is available at www.rainwise.seattle.gov.