Are you interested in beautifying your yard?
What about helping prevent pollution from entering our local waterways?
Then you are in luck! Through our program, Green Blocks Blue Sound, we work with residents, community centers, and businesses to take action to prevent stormwater pollution through simple steps we can all take and by installing rain gardens, cisterns, and other forms of green infrastructure. These simple steps add beautiful landscape features that help prevent pollution from entering our local waterways – and can build community at the same time!
Learn about how we build community through rain gardens. Contact us at [email protected]
Learn about our current and past projects.
For neighbors in certain zones in Seattle and King County, RainWise is a great program that can either help pay for or totally pay for a rain garden or cisterns on residents’ property.
Check to see if you are eligible for RainWise.
Sustainable Seattle is a non-profit partner of the RainWise program, sponsored by Seattle Public Utilities and King County. We can answer your questions about the program and lend support through the planning and reimbursement processes. Send an email to [email protected] with questions.
Why are we taking action? Every year, 14 to 94 million pounds of pollutants flow into our Puget Sound, negatively impacting the water supply and marine life. According to the Department of Ecology, the number one source of this pollution is rain runoff.
By reducing pollutants at their source and manging the flow of rain water through natural infrastructure, we enhance water quality, provide lasting attractive landscaping, and provide urban habitat for wildlife. We can all be a part of the sollution to preventing runoff pollution from reaching our lakes, rivers, creeks and Puget Sound.
What is Sustainable Seattle doing? In 2012, Sustainable Seattle began working on the stormwater problem in the region. We installed 5 rain gardens in south Seattle through our Sustainable Rain program.
In 2013, we got the word out to you about rain gardens, the challenge of stormwater, and the many ways WE as residents can have a positive impact on our waterways. Sustainable Seattle believes that installing rain gardens and green infrastructure together, with your neighbors, will build community and open up the conversation about long-term sustainability in your neighborhood.
Do you want to learn more about rain gardens in your neighborhood? Sustainable Seattle can help:
Answer your rain garden and RainWise questions and connect you to people and resources
Provide a pre-assessment of your property before you begin to contact Contracts
Motivate your neighbors to get involved! This could be a neighborhood meeting, presentation, a house party where Sustainable Seattle, or distributing a letter for your neighbors
Help you use the momentum from installing rain gardens to identify other practices that would add to the long-term health and vitality of your neighborhood