12,000 Rain Gardens Campaign Builds Habitat and Protects Puget Sound

In the spirit of the phrase "if you have lemons, make lemonade," it makes perfect sense for residents of Seattle and the nearby Olympic Peninsula, who receive between 36 and 52 inches of rain each year, to make rain gardens. These particular rain gardens are landscape installations that handle the downpour of polluted runoff from hard surfaces -- like roofs and driveways -- that will eventually find its way into the Puget Sound. The rain gardens prevent flooding, increase home value, and provide a habitat for birds and butterflies.

The 12,000 Rain Gardens Campaign is a joint venture of Washington State University Extension and the nonprofit Stewardship Partners that visualizes the installation of12,000 rain gardens by the year 2016 -- a number that could soak up about 160 million gallons of polluted runoff annually.

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