Water Conservation, Design Innovation, Storm Water Infiltration, Urban Farming
Since 2010, over 600 Seattle neighbors have gotten RainWise! They're helping Puget Sound while enjoying beautiful and functional landscaping and using stored rainwater for watering gardens - with an average of 86% of the cost paid for by the RainWise program.
Why the big rebates? RainWise property owners are managing the rain that falls on their roofs at home - rather than contributing to the storm water runoff problem and combined storm/sewer overflows that are polluting Puget Sound.
At this stop you'll see a recently installed RainWise rain garden and a display of cisterns, learn about the RainWise program, and check your eligiblility (RainWise rebate areas are continuing to expand throughout the City). You'll also have a chance to learn about Heirloom Cider Apple Tree Propagation, see a grafting demo, and visit the hobby Cidery on site, where hard cider is made. In addition, this yard is a Bee Corridor - plants in the rain garden and yard are specifically chosen to attract bees, so you can learn about making your garden a part of the Pollinator Pathway, too!
We'll also be distributing maps here to other RainWise installations around NE Seattle that are open for viewing on tour day. You'll be able to check out installations by many different RainWise contractors, see creative solutions to various site challenges, and get inspired with ideas for your own RainWise installation. Last year we had nearly 200 visitors to our RainWise site in NW Seattle.