Celebrate community and clean water at a public rain garden celebration sponsored by the RainWise Program and hosted at Apostolic Faith Church in Seattle on Sunday, Sept. 24, at 12:30 p.m.
Neighbors, parishioners and community members are invited to a public celebration to learn about the beautiful new rain gardens installed at Apostolic Faith Church.The event will take place on Sunday, Sept. 24, at 12:30 p.m. at the church, which is located at 7420 Ninth Ave. NE in Seattle.
Apostolic Faith Church installed two rain gardens in 2017 that capture over 71,000 gallons of rain that falls on the church roof each year, keeping polluted runoff out of Puget Sound. If all that rainwater was stacked in gallon jugs, they would reach the top of the Space Needle 98 times.
As good stewards of creation, Apostolic Faith Church urges other houses of worship to take advantage of this program both to beautify the landscape of private properties and to help control water pollution and combined sewer overflows.
Private property owners in the Greenlake, University District, Maple Leaf and many other Seattle neighborhoods are eligible for RainWise rebates that may cover up to 100 percent of the cost to professionally install rain gardens or cisterns.
The event will feature refreshments, festivities, and information on how to take advantage of RainWise rebates. Program experts will be available at the event to answer questions and to help interested parties find a contractor.
Thriving Gardens, the contractor who designed and installed the church’s rain gardens, will talk about the RainWise process and offer advice on selecting plants and options others could have on their properties.
Besides being pretty, rain gardens help control stormwater, a significant source of pollution in Lake Washington, Puget Sound, Lake Union and the Duwamish River. By controlling stormwater, people can support city and county goals to control overflows of sewage and stormwater that occur in these waterways during heavy rains.
RainWise is a joint program of Seattle Public Utilities and King County’s Wastewater Treatment Division. Over 50,000 properties in Seattle are eligible for RainWise rebates.
For additional information on the Rain Wise program and to take a virtual tour of local projects, please visit RainWise online at www.700milliongallons.org/rainwise/.