Count your Rain Garden in the campaign at: http://www.12000raingardens.org/index.phtml
Washington State University and Stewardship Partners are leading the groundbreaking campaign to install 12,000 Rain Gardens in the Puget Sound Region by 2016.
You can actively participate in this exciting effort by installing Rain Gardens and seeing immediate benefits:
Reduce polluted runoff
Prevent flooding and increase home value
Create beautiful, low-maintenance landscapes
Help your community save millions of dollars in pollution clean-up and expensive stormwater projects.
Rain Gardens work like a native forest by capturing and infiltrating polluted runoff from rooftops, driveways, and other hard surfaces. 12,000 Rain Gardens would soak up 160 million gallons of polluted runoff to protect our waterways, significantly helping stop the stormwater crisis that is threatening our waterways.
Rain Garden Sites Whatcom
Address: City Hall Parking Lot, Bellingham, 98225
Owner: City of Bellingham, Designer: ?, Installer: City of Bellingham, RG Size (sq ft):300, Drain area (sq ft): 6000,Primary water source: parking lot, Date: 2003
Address: Bloedel Donovan Park, Bellingham, 98225
Owner: City of Bellingham, Designer: ?, Installer: City of Bellingham, RG Size (sq ft):550, Drain area (sq ft): 11,000, Primary water source: parking lot, Date: 2003
Disclaimer: Washington State University does not verify the accuracy of this information and does not endorse the work of any of the designers or installers. Information on designing and installing rain gardens can be found on theHomeowner Resources page.
This is an interesting article about a study on how bio-diversity helps remove toxins in water. Cardinale’s study, which appears in the April 7 issue of Nature, was funded by the National Science Foundation.
The cleansing power of biodiversity
Scientists have long known that ecosystems that have more plant species tend to have a greater capacity to remove pollutants from soil and water than do ecosystems that have fewer species. But, until now, no one knew how or why this is so.
Cardinale’s study helps solve this mystery by explaining how biodiversity promotes the self-cleaning power of streams. According to the study, as algae grow in streams and produce more biomass, they incorporate into their bodies some common forms of pollution and thereby remove it from the water. Each species of pollution-removing algae has evolved and adapted to a different set of conditions, and so occupies a unique mini habitat, or niche, within a water body. Therefore, as the number of species of pollution-removing algae increases in a stream, so too does the number of unique niches that are occupied, filtered and cleansed by them. Hence: the more algae species a stream has, the more total pollutants these organisms may remove from the water.