Puyallup Rain Gardens
Puyallup's Rain Garden Program has educated hundreds about stormwater pollution prevention and green infrastructure techniques. Since the program inception in 2009, over 10 million gallons of stormwater have been disconnected from the stormwater system to be managed on-site.
Rain gardens are the main focus of this education and outreach program. These gardens are not just pretty landscape features, but are small stormwater facilities that collect, store and filter rain water and stormwater runoff from your lawn, rooftop, sidewalk, driveway and other impervious surfaces. Designed as shallow, sunken planting beds with rain garden soil, runoff flows into them from nearby hard surfaces and connected downspouts from your house.
Area Rain Gardens
Want to take a tour of rain gardens in Puyallup? Use our Google Map that shows locations of all our program installations. (Please admire private-property rain gardens from the street or sidewalk)
Read the Western Washington Rain Garden Handbook (PDF) to learn more about rain garden design and upkeep.
Puyallup's Rain Garden Program includes many green stormwater infrastructure elements that help manage stormwater where it falls including rain gardens, rain barrels, and permeable pavements. Read about one of our seven demonstration clusters around Puyallup by clicking links in the left hand column.
Program Wait List - updated August 1, 2016
Permeable Pavements and Rain Gardens portions of our program are closed for 2016. Available funds have been expended. You may submit an application for the 2016 waiting list in the event additional funding become available.
Join the Program
Puyallup's Rain Garden Program includes many green stormwater infrastructure elements that help manage stormwater where it falls including:
- permeable pavements CLOSED to new applicants in 2016, waitlist only
- rain barrels
- rain gardens CLOSED to new applicants in 2016, waitlist only
Purpose of Puyallup's Cost-Share Rain Garden Program
Rain gardens manage rain where it falls, rather than letting it flow into the storm drains. While storm drains are designed to collect and carrying stormwater away, they do not treat the water in any form before it is channeled to our streams, lakes and rivers.
Puyallup's Cost-Share Rain Garden Program provides opportunities to homeowners to install GSI at their home, reducing their impervious footprint in our watershed and helping to reduce stormwater runoff.