Funds are supporting the creation of an organic community garden and native plant raingarden swale. The project redirected stormwater runoff from the Highline United Methodist Church roof, which drains directly into the Duwamish River section of the Puget Sound. Once completed, water that currently flows from the roof and other impervious surfaces will be redirected to the catchment system with an above ground cistern that will utilize the rainwater for garden projects that encourage sustainable, chemical-free gardening for the community. The raingarden swale will also provide the means to filter excess rainwater before entering the Duwamish River, which will reduce the toxins and chemicals found in stormwater runoff that is detrimental to the health of the watershed’s ecosystem. Not only will this project contribute to the overall environmental health of the Duwamish watershed, but it will also reduce food insecurity within the community and provide a means for the community to connect with each other and their local environment.
Hazel Valley Community Garden with Storm Water Mitigation
Puget Sound Stewardship and Mitigation Fund, 2018