Help Plant Bioretention Swales in Georgetown Near Playground

Volunteers of all ages are needed to help plant a series of raingarden “bioretention swales” along South Orcas Street on Saturday, December 10th from 10:00 to 2:00 pm.

We have hundreds of plants to put in the ground, and volunteers will learn about how the swales work and how these types of projects help improve the urban environment.

To help, meet on the corner of S. Orcas Street and South Padilla (one block west of S. Corson St), in Georgetown, near the Georgetown Playground.

Snacks, tools, and instructions provided. Please RSVP to

Project History:

This project began almost a year ago, and is designed to take stormwater off the street into planted swales in the parking strip where the water will be held and filtered during large storm events. This effort will prevent polluted runoff from reaching the Duwamish River through the combined sewage system, increase native plants in the Georgetown neighborhood, beautify the street, and build community through neighborhood stewardship.

The project is a partnership of local Georgetown residents, Georgetown Community Council, SvR Design staff, Seattle Conservation Corps, Merlino Construction, and uses funding from a Puget Soundkeeper Alliance legal settlement.

On-street bioretention swales are needed as part of a larger approach to controlling polluted stormwater, and are part of the Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition‘s source control strategy to improve the health of the Duwamish River. Learn more about polluted stormwater and the County’s proposed improvements to the Duwamish combined sewage systems here (you can make a comment too!):

The project also is in need of arborists’ woodchips; we need about 12 cubic yards, and ideally donated.

For more information contact Cari Simson, 206-234-5102, or via email

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