Grants Database

Washington Environmental Council
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Orcas Love Raingardens
Puget Sound Stewardship and Mitigation Fund, 2018
Project Description:

Washington Environmental Council is accelerating green stormwater infrastructure solutions that reduce the amount of pollution entering Puget Sound and move Washington away from the grey infrastructure of the past. A grant from the Rose Foundation will support WEC’s efforts to launch a new program – Orcas Love Raingardens – that links orca recovery to on-the-ground actions like raingardens to control stormwater inputs to Puget Sound. We are partnering with Defenders of Wildlife, Tacoma Public Schools, Metro Parks Tacoma, and others to launch a multi-year program to institutionalize raingardens in highly visible and influential locations with a goal to accelerate adoption everywhere. In the next year, we will host events that showcase new signage and improved plantings at several existing raingardens that need additional attention; work with educators to tie raingardens into curriculum; shape policies; and engage leaders who will champion the program to meet community needs.