City of Burien now accepting applications for low-income Rain Garden program
The City of Burien is now accepting applications for its grant-funded rain garden program, which will install ten rain gardens in low-income neighborhoods across Burien.
Participants in the program will have help installing a rain garden on their property. All Burien residents will also have the opportunity to participate in a workshop where they will learn about the benefits of a rain garden and how to build and maintain it. Materials and workshop instruction will be available in both English and Spanish.
“The program was developed this way in order to make it accessible to more people in our community,” says Mary Eidmann, City of Burien Stormwater Outreach Specialist. “It is vital to remove barriers that may prevent low-income or Spanish-speaking residents from installing rain gardens on their property.”
Applications should be submitted by the priority deadline of May 1, 2017. However, applications will be accepted until all ten rain gardens have been installed. For applications, a map of low-income neighborhoods in Burien, and more information about the program, visit www.burienwa.gov/waterschool.
What are the benefits of a rain garden?
After rain runs off your roof, it most likely ends up in the street where it picks up pollutants like fertilizer, dog waste, motor oil, and other chemicals before it enters a storm drain. From there, this polluted water flows untreated to our creeks, lakes, and Puget Sound. We call this stormwater pollution, and it’s destroying our aquatic environments.
One way to prevent stormwater pollution is to install a rain garden. A rain garden is a shallow depression designed with plants that can keep their roots wet all winter while also withstanding the drought of summer. The downspout(s) of a home are redirected into the rain garden which collects the rain water as it slowly infiltrates into the soil instead of running off the property and becoming stormwater.
Rain gardens not only provide environmental benefits. Here in Burien, there is a wide selection of plants that are able to go in rain gardens, creating colorful environments, lush foliage, or bird and butterfly habitat. Property values can increase as a result.
About the Project
Support for this project is provided in part by the Puget Sound Stewardship and Mitigation Fund, a grantmaking fund created by the Puget Soundkeeper Alliance and administered by the Rose Foundation for Communities and the Environment.
Stormwater Outreach Specialist
City of Burien