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Popular RainWise Program expands to more Ballard, Phinney Ridge neighborhoods

Summary

The popular RainWise Program just expanded into more Ballard and Phinney Ridge neighborhoods, offering rebates that could cover up to 100 percent of the cost to install a rain garden or cistern.

Story

The popular RainWise Program just expanded into more Ballard and Phinney Ridge neighborhoods, offering rebates that could cover up to 100 percent of the cost to install a rain garden or cistern. 

Rain gardens and cisterns help address one of the largest sources of pollution to local waterways.

By encouraging more east Ballard and west Phinney Ridge residents to manage stormwater runoff through the RainWise Program, King County can meet its goal to reduce combined sewer overflows, or CSOs, that occur in the Lake Washington Ship Canal during heavy rains.

To receive a rebate, residents must live in an eligible CSO basin. The RainWise Program already serves several Seattle neighborhoods, including North Union Bay, South Park and Delridge. A map of eligible basins and more information on the program is at www.rainwise.seattle.gov.

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