Ribbon-cutting for Georgetown Bioswales & Rain Gardens Project

Sunrise Heights and Westwood residents and neighbors have an opportunity to see a recently completed rain garden project in the Georgetown neighborhood. Sunrise Heights and Westwood are scheduled to have rain gardens installed as part of the Barton Basin Combines Sewer Overflow project.

For the past year, the Georgetown community has been working with King County, Seattle Department of Transportation, Seattle Conservation Corps, Gary Merlino Construction, Urban Systems Design and SvR Design (SvR is also designing the Barton bioretention swales) to build a series of six streetside curb-cut rain gardens that collect runoff from the streets and sidewalks. They are finished and fully functional.

The group is hosting a ribbon-cutting event on Saturday, March 17th at 10:00 am and you are welcome to join them.

King County Wastewater staff and elected officials will attend to congratulate the collaboration and hard work that went into the first community-initiated curb-cut rain garden in Seattle.

The location is 738 S. Orcas Street at S. Padilla Place. Local coffee and pastries will be served.

For more information about the project or the event, contact: Cari Simson, Urban Systems Design, at 206-234-5102.


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  1. Mark-in-Seattle
    Mark-in-Seattle says:

    Visited the Georgetown raingardens, which look like the ones in my Ballard neighborhood. If they drain, that would be nice since most of ours did not even though SPU did 26 soil test borings and trenches, then ignored all the results which conflicted with their mission.

    SPU says the Georgetown raingardens process 5000 gallons of rainwater in a season… really a whole 5000 gallons. To put this in perspective, there are at least 50 significant rain events a year in Seattle. So this $40,000 project is the equivalent of two 50 gallon rain barrels – only SPU and councilmember Richard Conlin who attended the ribbon cutting could possible be fooled into thinking this is a great way to spend taxpayer money…. TWO rain barrels.

    There is so much self-serving mis-information regarding Bioswales; a nice idea gone rogue. You should read as I have the WERF trade association 200 page report on the evidence linking raingardens and bioswales to toxic levels of pathogens which multiply in “dry” bioswales. All the scientists and GSI proponents believed with well-intentioned religious fervor that bioswales behaved like marches, which do kill pathogens reliably, … to their horror bioswales do not act like marshes at all in that regard. Bioswales do remove copper, arsenic and some other polutants, which is very good, but they breed pathogens such as fecal coliform, hepatitis, giardia and lots of other nasty stuff. This is a very new report which when I brought it to the attention of SPU staff was politely ignored.

    Some older material on the Ballard raingardens issue is on my wife’s and my website which will be updated shortly to help West Seattle residents get unbiased information on the issue.



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