Resources for Rain Gardens

Stewardship Partners and Washington State University work with numerous partners all over the state to increase education and outreach around rain gardens and clean water solutions. We’re all working together to reach our goal of 12,000 Rain Gardens for Puget Sound by 2016. Join us and be a part of this exciting campaign.

Featured Resources:

RGHandbook
WSU Rain Garden Handbook for Western Washington
RainGardenCareGuide
Rain Garden Care Guide

City Habitats Seattle Times Insert

 

DOE

Department of Ecology: State of Washington, Low Impact Development

RG VideoWSU Video:
Building a rain garden in the Pacific Northwest

Outside our Doors: the benefits of cities where people and nature thrive

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Seattle Public Utilities and King County WTD: RainWise

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Washington Storm Water Center
Low Impact Development Resources


RainWise Postcard:
Spring Maintenance 
 WEC Video: Polluted Puddles

 

Resources by Topic:

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Rain Garden Handbook For Western Washington This will be your best source on building rain gardens in Western Washington. Contains everything the typical private property owner needs to know about rain gardens. An easy to read guide fit for all people. Washington State University Extension
City Habitats Seattle Times Insert This insert in the Seattle Times discusses why Puget Sound is important, and how rain gardens offer a solution to that problem. The Seattle Times
The Oregon Rain Garden Guide A guide by Portland, Oregon following the steps of planning, constructing, and maintaining a rain garden, as well as layout ideas and plant lists. Oregon Sea Grant
Rain Garden Overview and Process Similar information to that of the Handbook with different format. Topics covered within the web source are:

  • Sighting & Sizing (picking a location)
  • Design and Installation
  • Plants (Small Database)
  • Maintenance
  • Cost calculator

NOTE: Smartphone App for Rain Garden Design and Planning available

NEMO, University of Connecticut
Landscapes for Life – Sustainable Sites Initiative “Landscape For Life shows you how to work with nature in your garden, no matter where you live, whether you garden on a city or suburban lot, a 20–acre farm, or the common area of your condominium.”
– landscapeforlife.org
Landscapes For Life, Sustainable Sites Initiative
Rain Gardens for Healthy Streams A guide created by Blue Water Baltimore to assist participants in receiving a rebate within the Baltimore watershed regions. Information ‘about’ rain gardens, locating and sizing, infiltration, garden template, establish and maintenance. Blue Water Baltimore
Catching Rain: Rain Garden Construction Checklist Construction tips from experienced rain garden builders. Catching Rain series, WSU Extension
Catching Rain: Construction Sequencing for Rain Gardens Fact sheet identifying the best order and timing for constructing a rain garden. Catching Rain series, WSU Extension
Rain Gardens Manual This colorful PDF highlights rain gardens as an effective solution to stormwater runoff. Sustainability Ambassadors
Okanagan-Similkameen Rain Garden Guide Book A reference guide to planning, constructing, planting and maintaining a rain garden in the semi-arid southwest interior of BC, Canada. (This may be of value to those in parts of Eastern Washington as well) Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen
Grattix – Rain Garden in a Box How to Flyer This flyer produced by the Port of Vancouver explains what a Grattix is, and how to put one together! Port of Vancouver 
Stormwater Planters Guide This page describes stormwater planters, and gives the basic information about how they work and how they should be installed. East Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District
Rain Garden Planter Project Guide This project was undertaken as a demonstration and proof of concept in order to provide improved guidance, based on direct experience, for how to create a successful rain garden planter in the Pacific Northwest. Stewardship Partners & Seattle Garden Club 

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Rain Garden Handbook For Western Washington This will be your best source on building rain gardens in Western Washington. Contains everything the typical private property owner needs to know about rain gardens. An easy to read guide fit for all people. Washington State University Extension
Rain Garden Care Guide  This straight forward guide helps community members and organizations care for their rain garden after installation.  12,000 Rain Gardens
Rain Garden & Cistern Maintenance Guide This easy to use guide from RainWise will help you keep your rain garden or cistern working all year round! RainWise
RainWise Cistern and Rain Garden Spring Maintenance Guide  Use this handy postcard to get your rain garden or cistern ready for summer! RainWise
Catching Rain: Key Maintenance Tips for Rain Gardens Fact sheet outlining rain garden maintenance. Catching Rain series, WSU Extension
Field Guide: Maintaining Rain Gardens, Swales, and Stormwater Planters (2013) Maintenance field guide of low impact development systems. NOT a construction guide. Oregon State University Extension
Rain Garden Care Quick Start Guide (Spanish) This is the 12,000 Rain Gardens rain garden care guide for residents and community members, brought to you in Spanish. 12,000 Rain Gardens
Stormwater Action Monitoring (SAM)  Stormwater Action Monitoring (SAM) is a  regional stormwater monitoring program that is funded by more than 90 Western Washington cities and counties, the ports of Seattle and Tacoma, and the Washington State Department of Transportation. Dept. of Ecology

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Stormwater Management Manual for Western Washington Minimum technical requirements and site planning, Construction stormwater pollution prevention, Hydraulic analysis and flow control design, Source control BMP, Runoff treatment BMP Washington State Department of Ecology
Bioretention Soil Mix Review and Recommendations for Western Washington (Technical Memorandum) The purpose of this study is to provide bioretention soil mix guidelines that; meet performance objectives, include materials readily available in the Puget Sound region, include materials that aggregate and compost suppliers can provide with adequate quality control and consistency, and are affordable. Washington State University Extension, Pierce County
Surface Water Design Manual  Contains the requirements and standards for designing such surface and storm water management systems in King County. King County Washington
Enhancing Sustainable Communities with Green Infrastructure This 2014 guide produced by the EPA serves to help communities better manage stormwater while achieving other environmental, public health, social and economic benefits. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Polluted Runoff Learning Cohort In collaboration with The Russell Family Foundation (TRFF), Sightline Institute is working with a small, focused, professional network of 20-25 regional champions who work on low-impact development and related green solutions to stormwater runoff. Find their resources and events here. Sightline Institute, The Russell Family Foundation
Catching Rain: Low Impact Development-Protecting Our Waters Fact sheet addressing the issue of polluted stormwater runoff. Catching Rain series, WSU Extension
Catching Rain: Washington’s New LID Stormwater Regulations Fact sheet outlining Washington state’s new rules for managing stormwater runoff. Catching Rain series, WSU Extension
Catching Rain: Understanding Stormwater Management & the Development Process — Guidance for Real Estate Professionals Fact sheet outlining how low impact development (LID) stormwater management techniques fit into the development process in Washington. Catching Rain series, WSU Extension
Getting to Green: Paying for Green Infrastructure, Finance Options and Resources for Local Decision-Makers This document summarizes various funding sources that can be used to support stormwater management programs or finance individual projects. EPA’s National Estuary Program
Coastal Stormwater Management through Green Infrastructure: A Handbook for Municipalities The document presents the following process for green infrastructure planning: 1) watershed assessment, 2) site identification and prioritization, 3) site planning, 4) selecting appropriate green infrastructure practices, 5) developing conceptual plans, and 6) effective plan review. EPA’s National Estuary Program
Low Impact Development Construction Guide Credit Valley Conservation, located near Toronto, has developed a construction guide for low impact development. Credit Valley Conservation
Low Impact Development Guidance Documents Credit Valley Conservation, located near Toronto, has developed green infrastructure retrofit guides for road rights-of-way, public and institutional lands, business properties, and residential lands. These documents can be found grouped together on their website. Credit Valley Conservation
EPA Document: Green Infrastructure Opportunities that Arise During Municipal Operations This document provides approaches that small to midsize communities can use to incorporate green infrastructure components into work they are doing in public spaces. The document presents examples and case studies of how integrating green infrastructure methods can enhance retrofits and maintenance projects and provide other multiple community benefits. United States EPA
Combined/Separated Sewer System Animations These simple animations show the difference between combined and separated sewer systems, and how they react to stormwater runoff. Henderson, Kentucky Water Utility
To Manage Stormwater Sustainably, Understand Your Site This guide explains how stormwater runoff moves through a landscape system, and gives key tips to managing it in a sustainable manner. 12,000 Rain Gardens on Houzz
Stormwater Pollution Solutions: Low Impact Development Manuals for Schools This guide discusses the installation of green infrastructure and other LID projects on school property. Sustainability Ambassadors
“Protecting Washington’s waters from stormwater pollution” This Environment Education Guide put out by the Department of Ecology describes Washington’s stormwater pollution and some of the solutions. Department of Ecology
Right Place, Right Project “A Community Guide to Partnership Opportunities”. This handy guide will help communities select the right GSI project for their location and provide resources. Seattle Public Utilities, King County Wastewater Treatment Division
Green Stormwater Infrastructure in Seattle Draft version of the implementation strategy for 2015-2020, including the overview and expanded executive summary. Seattle Public Utilities CDWAC
A Business Case for Natural Infrastructure This report summarizes the drivers, applications and benefits of implementing natural infrastructure solutions. The World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD)
Stormwater Credit Trading Programs This issue brief from NRDC discusses stormwater credit trading programs within the context of green infrastructure solutions. Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)
Lay of the Land Report: On-the-ground realities in King County Futurewise coordinated with King County stormwater staff, as well as development professionals, who provided their insights about the lay of the land of low impact development/green stormwater infrastructure (LID/GSI) and related issues in King County. Futurewise
Tools, Strategies and Lessons Learned from EPA Green Infrastructure Technical Assistance Projects This report summarizes practical, successful solutions to inspire city managers, community leaders and engaged citizens looking to bring green infrastructure to their community to improve health and water quality. EPA
Green Stormwater Infrastructure Tips This short article is full of great tips on how to have successful green stormwater infrastructure at your home or business. Saving Water 
Low Impact Development
Technical Guidance Manual for Puget Sound
In-depth manual covering Low impact development from its planning process, to their long term effects on the environment, including heavy metal impact. Washington State University Extension; Puget Sound Partnership
Building Cities in the Rain: Watershed Prioritization for Stormwater Retrofits  This guidebook presents recommended data and
processes for prioritizing watersheds for stormwater retrofit investments and recovery of aquatic habitat in the Puget Sound. 
WA State Department of Commerce 
Green Infrastructure Wizard (GIWiz) GIWiz offers a repository of EPA-sourced Green Infrastructure tools and resources designed to support and promote sustainable water management and community planning decisions. EPA 
National Stormwater Calculator (SWC) Designed to be used by anyone, EPA’s National Stormwater Calculator (SWC) is a desktop application that estimates the annual amount of rainwater and frequency of runoff from a specific site anywhere in the United States. EPA 
Storm Water Management Model (SWMM) EPA’s SWMM is a dynamic hydrology-hydraulic water quality simulation model. It tracks quality and quantity of stormwater runoff all over the world.  EPA 
2030 District Stormwater Calculator The Seattle 2030 District, in partnership with Herrera, created a stormwater calculator that members can use to explore stormwater management strategies, and estimate baselines and potential savings for both stormwater management and potable water consumption. 2030 District 
Harvesting the Value of Water  This report discusses the connections between stormwater, green infrastructure and real estate. It features case studies from around the U.S. including the High Point project in Seattle.  Urban Land Institute 
Seed Kit  This booklet highlights design concepts learned from Pacific Northwest forests.  Urban Greenprint Project 
Guide to Green Infrastructure  This quick and easy guide highlights five green infrastructure projects that any community can do to reduce stormwater runoff.  ioby 
Green Infrastructure in Parks: A Guide to Collaboration, Funding, and Community Engagement This guide is intended to encourage partnerships between park agencies and stormwater agencies aimed at promoting the use of green infrastructure on park lands. EPA

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Sightline Project, Stormwater Solutions: Curbing Toxic Runoff (series) The idea of relatively cheap and green infrastructure that cleans our environment whilst beautifying it sounds really good. Unfortunately not everything is without potential problems. This site provides potential side-effects, design challenges, and their associated solutions to consider regarding rain gardens Sightline Institute
“Redmond’s Rain Garden Challenge” Discussion of when a rain garden can release more chemicals than it absorbs and a solution. Sightline Institute
“Are Rain Gardens Mini Toxic Sites?” Discussion on what happens to the heavy elements, chemicals, and bacteria that build up in the soil. Sightline Institute
“Rain garden Backlash Is All Wet” This article discusses many of the issues raised by Ballard residence pertaining to rain gardens in the pilot program that took place in Seattle, Washington. Ultimately, this is one occasion where rain gardens did not work, but this does not mean rain gardens are not a viable solution once design challenges are addressed. Sightline Institute
Ballard’s Rain Gardens: A Green Experiment Gone Wrong More on the challenges of the 2011 Ballard rain garden project. Not to take away from the usefulness of rain gardens, but to give landscapers and professionals a mind for design challenges that must be considered for a successful rain garden. Sightline Institute
Better Design, Better Outcomes: Applying Lean Design to Stormwater Regulation This case study uses Lean techniques (e.g. value stream mapping) to guide the processes underlying stormwater regulation, with the goal of allowing business and government to become partners in the common quest for improved water quality. Washington Business Alliance
Frontline: Poisoned Waters Frontline investigation into the health of America’s waterways. This site has many links to more information regarding water pollution, interviews with stakeholders and a link to watch the entire program online. PBS, MacArthur Foundation, Park Foundation
Virtual Tour of Rain Gardens Take a virtual tour of the South Park and Ballard neighborhood rain gardens! RainWise
Self-Guided Tour of Island County Rain Gardens Use this list to go on a self-guided tour of Island County rain gardens! Island County WSU Extension
Case Study: “Wanted: Green Acres”

A new Issue Brief released by the Natural Resources Defense Council, Wanted: Green Acres, provides a case study of Philadelphia’s innovative approach to sourcing cost-effective green infrastructure retrofit opportunities on private land through the Greened Acre Retrofit Program (GARP).

Download the complete PDF document, or read the overview here.

Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)
Another Reason to Love Urban Green Space: It Fights Crime This article looks at how urban green space can reduce crime, specially citing case studies in Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Youngstown, Ohio. CityLab
City of Duvall Watershed Plan & Story Map  This story map was created to tell the story of the how the City of Duvall crafted a watershed plan to allow for the city’s growth and development while also protecting its environmental aspects. Department of Ecology 
Green Roof Evaluation Project The goal of this project was to develop a means of quantifying the value of green roof systems in retaining stormwater. The study was composed of 5 green roof test plots at different locations within the city of Seattle. GGN Ltd. 
Porous Public Space  This fun guidebook was created to help planners, designers and community members use stormwater as a resource in the community, and frame a complex environmental issue as a need for safe, educational public space. UW Green Futures Lab 

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Great Plant Picks RECOMMENDED plant search database. User-friendly. Elisabeth Carey Miller Botanical Garden
Seattle Green Factor Plant List Seattle Green Factor Plant list. PRE-MADE list for rain garden viable plants. PDF document. Seattle, WA
King County Native Plant Guide Search with filter options, browse photos, or view pre-made plant lists. King county, WA
Rain Garden Plant List PDF This is a downloadable PDF rain garden plant list created by Gardens by Design. Gardens by Design
Washington Invasive Species Council A database of invasive plant and animal species of Washington State. Identification pictures provided.
NOTE: App available for reporting invasive species.
Washington State Conservation and Recreation Office
King County Noxious Weed List (2014) Database list of noxious weeds in King county, Washington King County, WA
Plant Search Databases; USDA Plant Search Databases of various depth and usability. Filter Options. USDA, Natural Resource Conservation Service
NGA Plant finder Plant Search Database with filter options. National Gardening Association
Species Selection Guide This selection guide tool includes many useful categories of PNW native plants including: steep slope, wet slope, and moist area, dry area, deer resistant and restoration sites. Sound Native Plants
RainScaping: Rain Garden Plants Simple plant search Database with one drop down filter selection. Plants listed alphabetically by botanical or common name. Pictures provided in search result list. Sometimes provides companion plants RainScaping Campaign: Anne-Arundel County Maryland
Find a Plant  This database lets you search for plants based on a variety of criteria and you can export a list of plants or find out where buy them. Plant Select
Native Plant Identification Cards Plant identification cards. i.e. a listing of plants and not a search database. Washington Native Plant Society
Guide to Low Maintenance Gardening Remediation Mainly plant and design ideas Sunset magazine
The National Association of Exotic Pest Plant Councils “The National Association of Exotic Pest Plant Councils is a coalition of state and regional Exotic Pest Plant Councils (EPPCs) and Invasive Plant Councils (IPCs) representing professional natural resource managers, scientists and others with an interest in invasive plant management.” – naeppc.org Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health, University of Georgia
Rain Garden Design Templates (cost approximations) Examples of rain garden designs (templates) based in the east coast region. Though, they can likely be applied to any similar region such as the Washington and Oregon coast. Throughout the website are other useful tabs with information pertaining to
•Plant list
•Construction sequence
•Maintenance
•Cost approximations
As well as templates on this linked page.
Low Impact Development Center, Maryland
2013 Bioretention Soil Mix Guide Cedar Grove Landscape and Construction services produced this three page document outlining bioretention soil mix specifications and recommendations for bioretention swales and rain gardens. Cedar Grove
Stormwater Design Handbook for Homes and Small Projects This handbook is provided as a guide for residents, home builders, and small project developers in
designing green stormwater infrastructure.
City of Salem
Stormwater Design Handbook for Developers and Large Projects This handbook is a guide for developers for incorporating green stormwater infrastructure (GSI) into large project site design. City of Salem
Rain Garden Plant ID Cards Print and cut out these plant ID cards for a handy collection of rain garden plants in the Northwest Region. Sustainability Ambassadors
Hardy Plants for Waterwise Landscapes These plant lists have been developed to highlight plants that aid in water conservation and do well in the Northwest Region.  Washington State University 
Grow Your Own Native Landscape Guide  This 124 page guide helps gardeners identify and grow plants that are native to Western Washington. Washington State University & Native Plant Salvage 
University of Washington Herbarium (WTU) Image Collection This directory of photos and information on plants and lichens in Washington state might be one of the largest and most complete. It has over 50,000 photos!  Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture 
Okanagan-Similkameen Rain Garden Master Plant List This is the companion plant list to the Okanagan-Similkameen Rain Garden Guide Book. (This may be of value to those in parts of Eastern Washington as well) Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen
Ecotope Cistern Sizing Tool This tool helps size rainwater collection systems for Northwest buildings using four basic inputs: the size of the cistern, size of the roof (collection surface), daily water demand, and seasonal water demand. Ecotope 

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Stormwater Publications, fact sheets, and bulletins Stormwater best management practice design bulletins, fact sheets, and manuals for low impact development and water management systems. North Carolina State University
Civic ecology practices: Participatory approaches to generating and measuring ecosystem services in cities “Explore protocols for monitoring biodiversity, functional measures of ecosystem services, and ecosystem services valuation that can be adapted for use by practitioner-scientist partnerships in civic ecology settings.” Ecosystem Services, Volume 7, March 2014, pg. 177-186
Restorative Commons: Creating health and well-being through urban landscapes A large document addressing the implications of nature’s restorative effect on community health with theoretical forethought, case studies, and interviews. U.S. Forest Service, Northern Research Station
The Value of Green Infrastructure An extensive guide to the potential economic, environment, and social value of green infrastructure. Covers the benefits to water quality, energy, air quality, climate change, heat islands, community livability, habitat, and public education. Center for Neighborhood Technology
The Green Edge: How Commercial Property Investment in Green Infrastructure Creates Value A source of case studies, discussion, and blogs on green infrastructure benefits. Explore the many web links to learn much more. Natural Resources Defense Council
Assessment of Life Cycle Costs for Low Impact Development Stormwater Management Practices This project evaluates the capital and life cycle costs of Low Impact Development (LID) practices over a
50 year time horizon based on a detailed assessment of local input costs, maintenance requirements,
rehabilitation costs and design scenarios relevant to Canadian climates.
Toronto and Region Conservation, University of Toronto
The Effect of Low-Income-Development on Property Values
This report analyzes the effect of LID on property values in Seattle. ECONorthwest
NRDC Report: Getting the Green Out This report summarizes the findings of NRDC workshops aimed at accelerating in increase of GSI within the commercial real estate sector. Natural Resources Defense Council
A Tale of Many Cities: Using Low-Impact Development to Reduce Urban Water Pollution This article discusses new approaches to using green infrastructure to manage stormwater, and also highlights examples of these practices in Portland and Philadelphia. Choices Magazine and the Agricultural & Applied Economics Association
Performance of Natural Infrastructure and Nature-based Measures as Coastal Risk Reduction Features This report is a review of the performance of natural infrastructure, based on existing literature and workshop input. Environmental Defense Fund

Household response to environmental incentives for rain garden adoption

 This article discusses how homeowners in DC/Baltimore are willing to pay (WTP) $6.72/ sq.ft on average, for a rain garden and respond with a 3-fold increase in willingness to install when offered a government rebate. This is only the abstract, you must pay for the full article.  Water Resources Research/Wiley Online Library

Green Infrastructure Policy Integration in Puget Sound Municipalities: An Ethnographic Perspective

This report discusses the barriers that municipal governments may face in the implementation of the Action Agenda priorities related to green infrastructure in  the Puget Sound region. Puget Sound Partnership

City Parks, Clean Water 

This study from The Trust for Public Land summarizes the successes and challenges of water-smart parks and using parks as a tool for stormwater management. The Trust for Public Land

Assessing the Market Size for Large-Scale Adoption of Green Infrastructure in the Great Lakes Basin 

This 2017 report synthesizes the findings of an initiative to enable private financing to expand the use of green infrastructure. Environmental Consulting & Technology, Inc.(ECT), Great Lakes Protection Fund

A Flood of Benefits: Using Green Infrastructure to Reduce Flood Risks 

This 2014 report looks at using green infrastructure techniques and approaches for flood-risk management, as well as sustainable watershed management. The Nature Conservancy 

Green Infrastructure and Climate Change: Collaborating to Improve Community Resiliency 

This report discusses how communities all over the country are looking to green infrastructure to become more resilient in the face of climate change. EPA 

Exploring Roles for Communities in Green Infrastructure Projects

Through a series of interviews with green infrastructure experts  (including Stewardship Partners) in eleven different programs across the United States, this thesis explores stakeholder roles in a variety of green infrastructure programs, and considers strategies for improving outreach and overcoming community engagement barriers. Elise J. Simons, Tufts University 

The Translation and Use of Green
Infrastructure Evidence

The success of green infrastructure (GI) depends on the sharing of good practice and research between disciplines and sectors. This paper presents findings from a study to examine how GI research is shared with non-academic audiences. Institute of Civil Engineers 

SAM Bioretention Toxicity Fact Sheet

This study evaluates if the standard compost bioretention soil media is effective enough to prevent toxic impacts of urban runoff from multiple storms to Coho salmon adult spawners and embryos, and if contaminants leached from the BSM contribute to water quality problems. Storm Water Action Monitoring 

Green Infrastructure Designs – Scalable Solutions to Local Challenges 

This recently updated toolkit from the Delta Institute is designed to help municipal decision makers explore and implement green infrastructure solutions to stormwater and flooding challenges. Delta Institute 

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Voluntary Curbside Rain Gardens                                                                                This memo outlines the installation of voluntary curbside rain gardens, for which SDOT now issues free permits. Seattle Department of Transportation
Seattle Stormwater Code This site has the 2016 Stormwater Code and Manual as well as other useful information on stormwater regulations and requirements. City of Seattle
Active Rules that Interpret Stormwater Code (Ch. 22.800) Stormwater flow control and water quality treatment technical requirements, rules by code. Department of Planning and Development, Seattle WA
The Codes Innovation Database This handy code look up tool allows you to search for site and stormwater code innovations. NW Eco Building Guild

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Visual Story Lab This project from Resource Media works to provide the best knowledge, ideas, and experience about visual storytelling to help social change agents deliver compelling messages that drive action. Resource Media
Rain Gardens: An Outreach and Communications How-to Guide This is a community outreach guide, NOT a technical guide to building and designing green infrastructure. Resource Media

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Rain Garden outreach, advice and education from WSU Extension Rain Garden Program and the 12,000 Rain Garden Campaign The 12,000 Rain Gardens for Puget Sound campaign has established a rain garden education and resource hub in each county through WSU Extension. Contact your local Extension office for rain garden help and resources in your community. Washington State University

Free Wood Chip Mulch

This website helps arborists to off-load their wood chips to gardeners and landscapers who want inexpensive mulch. http://www.chipdrop.in
Local help from Conservation Districts Conservation districts across the state offer conservation assistance for landowners, including help with rain gardens in many areas. This is a page with a conservation district map and directory. Washington State Conservation Commission
Seattle Tilth Garden Hotline A web listing of potential gardening classes in the Seattle region, often located through the left side bar under “Quick links”. Seattle Tilth
RainWise Tools (Rebates)RainWise Tools (Contractors) You may determine whether you are eligible for rebates on your rain garden.
Also, you may find contractors that are specialized in building rain gardens.
King County WTD and Seattle Public Utilities
Landscape for Life Trainer Directory Contact a trainer, located within certain cities and states to teach you about gardening and horticulture. Landscapes for Life
Thurston County ECO Network Webpage This page is a great resources for homeowners and professionals wanting to improve their community and environmental health. Thurston ECO Network

 

WSU Extension RAIN GARDEN RESOURCE HUBS BY COUNTY:

Clallam (360) 565-2679
Island (360) 240-5558
Jefferson (360) 379-5610 ext. 222
King (206) 685-5104
Kitsap (360) 307-4378
Mason (360) 427-9670 ext. 690
Pierce (253) 798-3264
San Juan (360) 378-4414
Skagit (360) 428-4270
Snohomish (425) 357-6010
Thurston (360) 867-2164
Whatcom (360) 676-6736

Other Partners & Collaborating Organizations:

These resources are specifically designed to help cultivate and create interactive green infrastructure curriculum in the K-12 classroom environment.

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“Cleaning Water with Dirt” Rain Garden Demo “Cleaning Water with Dirt” is a rain garden demonstration template created by 12,000 Rain Gardens to teach students and adults about rain gardens. 12,000 Rain Gardens
Sustainability Ambassadors  One of our powerful partners in connecting rain gardens with education is Sustainability Ambassadors. Check out their collection of “Stormwater Pollution Solutions” such as the  Stormwater Neighborhood Atlas, the LID Manual For Schools, Stormwater Videos, and an extensive, annotated Library of Stormwater Links. Sustainability Ambassadors 
Green STEM Interactive Guidebook This interactive guide shows how environmental education can be used to boost student engagement and achievement in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). National Wildlife Federation 
The Green Levine Machine The Green Levine Machine: Sustainability Education in Action is all about bringing sustainability and science into education. Green Levine 
Drain Rangers  The purpose of the Drain Rangers! and Engineering Solutions curricula and materials is to develop and cultivate an understanding of the serious issues facing our community from stormwater runoff and to share specific actions we can take to improve the quality of our water. Puget Sound Starts Here
Watershed Education Lesson Plans This is a collection of lesson plans from a variety of sources designed to help teachers plan hands-on activities centered around watershed system education. Rivanna Stormwater Education Partnership 
Visualizing Change Toolkit

A toolkit for informal educators using visual narratives on climate change. Includes narrative scripts, videos and images, and climate science resources.

Visualizing Change 
Extreme Events Activity Guide 

Climate change is expected to bring more severe rainfall events to Pittsburgh. Participants experiment with green infrastructure options to ease the pressure on city sewer systems.

Climate Change & Urban Partnership Pittsburgh 
Ward’s Stormwater Floodplain Simulation System

This stormwater simulator helps students understand the critical role that floodplains play in the life of a watershed and the potential impact of unplanned development and human activity.

Ward’s Science
King Conservation District Stormwater Education Programs

The King Conservation District offers a hands-on, inquiry based program on stormwater and pollution reduction education for K-12 students. Programs include Water on Wheels for K-6th grade, Environmental Detectives for 8th grade, and the Envirothon competition for High School students.

King Conservation District 

In the Puget Sound Region, education and incentive programs help homeowners with rain garden installations at little to no cost. Stewardship Partners and WSU offer free rain garden education workshops to homeowners. You can learn everything you need to know about Rain gardens, from start to finish by taking one of these workshops.

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Professional Rain Garden Workshop WSU offers two day workshop for industry professionals covering the design and installation of Rain Gardens. Stay tuned for 2017 workshop dates! WSU Kitsap County Extension
Low Impact Development Statewide Training Program The Washington State Department of Ecology is hosting a series of FREE technical trainings over the next 10 months on multiple LID topics throughout the state. Training will be offered at three levels: Introductory, Intermediate, and Advanced. WA Stormwater Center, Department of Ecology
Stormwater Stewards Program The Stormwater Stewards program trains local citizen volunteers with a commitment to protecting local water resources and is modeled after the successful Master Gardener program and other Stream Team programs, such as Salmon Stewards. Stream Team
ProHort: Professional Continuing Education Information about seminars, workshops, education/training for professionals and the general public. University of Washington, Botanic Gardens
City of Tacoma Home and Garden Workshops Free monthly workshops covering everything from solar power to rain gardens and rain barrels. City of Tacoma
Thurston ECO Net Education Guide Find fun, memorable, hands-on presentations, field experiences, destinations, and ways to get involved in your community. Thurston County ECO Network
Green Degrees Help Page This helpful page lays out all the possibilities of “green degrees” in environmental sciences, engineering, and business. Accredited Schools Online
Affordable Environmental Science Degrees  This handy tool outlines the 50 most affordable schools for environmental science. College Affordability Guide
Green for All This PDF discusses the importance of jobs in green infrastructure and their impact on the economy and the community. Urban Water Sustainability Conference 
Exploring the Green Infrastructure Workforce  This report released in March 2017 discusses the expansion of the green infrastructure workforce in coming years. Jobs for the Future 
Soil and Water Stewardship Training Receive hands-on training and join a team of community members to empower friends and neighbors to support local food systems and practice environmental stewardship in their everyday actions. Tilth Alliance 

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California Water Reuse Road Map                                                                  This PDF document shows a flow chart of how water can be mapped for reuse in the state of California. Arch Nexus
Utah Water Reuse Road Map This PDF document shows a flow chart of how water can be mapped for reuse in the state of California. Arch Nexus
Washington Public Lands Inventory Interactive map that allows the user to see land use and acquisitions in Washington state. WA State Recreation and Conservation Office
Water Proof Water quality mapping project that includes simple little testing kits and an online map and data entry tool. Water Proof
National Tree Benefit Calculator The Tree Benefit Calculator allows anyone to make a simple estimation of the benefits individual street-side trees provide. Casey Trees & Davey Tree Expert Co.
i-Tree Tool: Calculate the Impact of Trees i-Tree Design allows anyone to make a simple estimation of the benefits provided by individual trees. With inputs of location, species, tree size, and condition, users will receive an understanding of tree benefits related to greenhouse gas mitigation, air quality improvements, and stormwater interception. US Forest Service
“Trees Tame Stormwater” Interactive Poster This cool poster allows you to fade between a water system with few trees, and one with abundant trees, and see the changes this has on cities. Arbor Day Foundation
The Meadowscaping Handbook  This wonderful handbook is designed guide the process of designing and installing meadows of native prairie plants in urban settings of the Willamette Valley. West Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District 

Photo albums: Rain Garden Variety Before and After

Ballard Rain Garden2

Puyallup9

 

5 Lakewood City Hall Before/After

Lakewood City Hall Before/After

 

RGPoster

Rain Garden poster available from Good Nature Publishing

 

cisterngallery

ARCSA Cistern Photo Gallery

Solving Stormwater Infographic

King County Surface Water Infographic

Puget Sound Keeper Alliance Stormwater Runoff Infographic

 

Rain Garden Signage: 

Delridge Rain Garden Sign

Delridge Rain Garden Sign

 

 

El Centro de la Raza Rain Garden Sign

El Centro de la Raza Rain Garden Sign

Rain Garden Sign

Rain Garden Sign

Rain Garden Sign in Chinese

Rain Garden Sign in Chinese

Rain Garden Sign

Rain Garden Sign

Rain Garden Sign

Rain Garden Sign

12000 Raingardens Sign 2 4M

2015 Educational Rain Garden Sign

Puget Sound Rain Garden Sign

Puget Sound Rain Garden Sign

Rain Garden Sign from Oregon

Rain Garden Sign from Oregon

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A Sketch of the Sign Frame

Green Bank Farm Rain Garden Sign

Green Bank Farm Rain Garden Sign

Port of Camas Rain Garden Sign

Port of Camas Rain Garden Sign

Thornton Creek Elementary Rain Garden Sign

Thornton Creek Elementary Rain Garden Sign

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Tacoma Nature Center Sign

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Tacoma Nature Center Sign

Tacoma Nature Center Sign

Tacoma Nature Center Sign

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12,000 Rain Gardens for Puget Sound: Stewardship Partners & WSU Extension

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video Green Solutions to Stormwater Runoff (4 min) This video shows the benefits of rain gardens in the community and provides information on how homeowners can get their own rain garden!  Sightline Institute 
Neighbors Fight Stormwater Pollution by Building Rain Gardens (7 min) on a Stewardship Partners rain garden cluster built in the Delridge Neighborhood of Seattle in 2012. EarthFix, PBS, KCTS9

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Building a rain garden in the Pacific Northwest (32 min) This instructional video was created as a companion to the Rain Garden Handbook. If offers clear instruction and demonstration of all the key stages of: plan, build, plant and maintain WSU Extension

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This brief video (33 sec) talks about how all of us are a part of Puget Sound and the actions we take have an impact on the home that we love. Puget Sound Starts Here
ZINC in Stormwater: Galvanizing Business Solutions: (13 min) highlighting ways that industrial sites are addressing zinc pollution in runoff with rain gardens and other best management practices. Pacific Northwest Pollution Prevention Resource Center: PPRC
Sound & Vision: TOXIC RUNOFF | CSOs in PUGET SOUND: (4min) profiling Seattle-based diver/photographer Laura James and the story of the unseen impacts of runoff From Eric Becker on Vimeo.
Drained: Urban Stormwater Pollution (8 min) The Clean Water Act took effect in 1972 when stormwater pollution was nowhere near a top priority. Today, it’s taken the lead as the top water contaminator. How bad is it? Puget Sound diver Laura James takes us where nobody wants to go — inside a stormwater outfall — to get an up-close look EarthFix
The San Francisco Estuary Partnership video (10 min) of their take on the importance of rain gardens and how they may reduce runoff and pollution while beautifying the built environment. San Francisco Estuary Partnership
Low Impact Development: Why It’s Working in the Northwest (3 min) Low Impact Development serves as a cost-effective and beautifying way to prevent stormwater pollution. Pacific Northwest Pollution Prevention Resource Center (PPRC)
pugetsoundstarts This video is about kids discovering life in two creeks in Poulsbo, and our relationships with the creeks and Puget Sound. (4 min) Sea-Media.org
whousestherain This video is about the water flowing from the top of Newberry Hill, through Klahowya Secondary School and the Heritage Park, to Chico Creek. Some influences on this water are shown, from the impact of beavers to a project at the school. (4 min) Sea-Media.org
King5Story This King 5 News story covers the growth of rain gardens in Seattle and the increased incentives available to homeowners. (3 min) King 5 News
video This video follows teens they learn about stormwater pollution in Puget Sound and they discover they can do something about it. (30 min) Seattle Public Utilities
stormwatervideolibrary This set of short videos from Sustainability Ambassadors are narrated by students and cover all of the basic LID strategies. Sustainability Ambassadors
sustainabilitytalks These videos feature short talks given by stormwater experts plus exceptional student speakers. Sustainability Ambassadors
PuyallupLID This video discusses the 8th Ave NW LID retrofit, and its role in the community. Great information on rain gardens and permeable pavers. (16 min) Washington Stormwater Center
SolvingStormwater This short video from The Nature Conservancy is about Coho pre-spawn mortality featuring Jen McIntyre. (6 min) The Nature Conservancy 
This video features contractor Roger Cook walking through the process of building a rain garden. (6 min) This Old House 
King 5 and Boeing created this video which explains why rain gardens can help keep Puget Sound healthy and clean. (1 min) The Nature Conservancy 
Dirty puddles are no fun to play in. Arlo and his fellow aspiring scientists learn about the most powerful cleaner-upper for dirty water. (6 min) Washington Environmental Council 
Prevent leaves, dirt and other debris from clogging your RainWise cistern. Follow these easy steps and you’ll also help protect Seattle’s waterways from sewer overflows. (4 min) RainWise
Keep your beautiful rain garden at it’s best by removing weeds and mulching. (3 min) RainWise