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. 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 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.
Sixty-two!....is how many rain gardens that were installed in just 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. Look through the links for past demonstration cluster installations on the left, or view our Google map showing all the past program's rain gardens.
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.