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‘Yards in the Hood’ event sheds light on rain garden beauty and benefits, June 1

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Wondering if a rain garden is right for you? Join King County staff at “Yards in the Hood”, a free community event this Saturday, June 1, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Highland Park Improvement Club, 1116 SW Holden St., Seattle.

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Wondering if a rain garden is right for you? Join King County staff at “Yards in the Hood”, a free community event this Saturday, June 1, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Highland Park Improvement Club, 1116 SW Holden St., Seattle.

The event, named by the community, celebrates what neighbors in Highland Park are doing to be green in their yards - from staying pesticide free to installing rain gardens.

King County Wastewater Treatment Division’s and Seattle Public Utility’s RainWise Program offers rebates to cover up to 100 percent of the cost to install cisterns and rain gardens on eligible properties in South Park, Highland Park and the Barton/Fauntleroy areas of West Seattle.

People will have an opportunity to meet RainWise contractors and learn about the program eligibility, take self-guided tours of local rain gardens, and meet water quality and gardening experts.

Rain gardens are more than just beautiful to look at; they help solve one of the largest sources of pollution problems for Puget Sound and local waterways.  Highland Park Improvement Club, in partnership with Sustainable Seattle and King County, is battling stormwater pollution by installing a community-designed rain garden in their parking lot to soak up the rainwater that falls there and prevent it and the pollution it picks up along the way from entering the Duwamish River. 

By encouraging people in these areas to better control stormwater through the RainWise Program, King County can meet its goal to reduce combined sewer overflows that occur near the Fauntleroy Ferry Terminal during heavy rains.

The Highland Park-Riverview “Yards in the Hood” is a partnership between Highland Park Improvement Club, Washington Environmental Council, Sustainable Seattle, and King County. The tour and rain garden are funded in part by a Green Grant from the King County Wastewater Treatment Division.

To receive a rebate, residents must live in an eligible combined sewer basin. The RainWise Program already serves City of Seattle’s Ballard, North Union Bay and Delridge neighborhoods. A map of eligible basins and more information on the program is at www.rainwise.seattle.gov.

Additional information about King County’s Combined Sewer Overflow Control Program is available on the Web at www.kingcounty.gov/csocontrol.


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