Puyallup's Rain Garden Program has educated hundreds of citizens on stormwater pollution prevention, green infrastructure techniques, and has disconnected millions of gallons of stormwater since its beginning in 2009.
Rain gardens are the main focus of this education and outreach program. These gardens are not just pretty landscaping features, but are small stormwater facilities that collect, store and filter water - including stormwater runoff from your lawn, rooftop, sidewalk, driveway and other impervious surfaces. Designed as shallow, depressed planting beds with rain garden soil, runoff flows into them from nearby hard surfaces and connected downspouts from on your home.
Rain gardens are relatively simple in design and setup. Read the Western Washington Rain Garden Handbook to learn more about the design, installation and simple upkeep of rain gardens in the Pacific Northwest climate.
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.
Rain gardens manage stormwater on-site where it originates, 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.
Sixty-two!....is how many rain gardens were installed in the first four years of the City's Rain Garden Program after it began in 2009, laying the foundation for the now cost-share structured program. Funding for this program was and continues through Department of Ecology grants as well as donations from local businesses and individuals. Please read about each of the demonstration cluster installations to learn more about our project supporters.
Landscape Contractors that have not previously worked with the City in the Rain Garden Program are encouraged to learn about GSI and be added to our Pre-Approved Contractors list. To do so, first contact Joy Rodriguez via email or call 253-841-5549. Contractors will need to attend a GSI workshop, then meet to discuss additional aspects of the programs.