Rain Gardens


Rain running off roads and driveways flows into storm drains that discharge to local streams and bays. This stormwater often carries pollutants and contaminants such as heavy metals, fertilizers, oil and pet waste. Rain gardens are designed to catch the first flush of runoff during a rainstorm, which carries the highest levels of pollutants, and hold it temporarily in bioretention basins. Stormwater filters through special soils that hold onto pollutants and plant roots absorb excess nutrients, reducing contaminated runoff before it reaches our bays and recharging the groundwater. See WSU Rain Gardens for more information about why rain gardens are such effective stormwater filter systems.

MRC funds served as leverage for broader community support. WSU Extension, City of Port Townsend, Jefferson County, the Port of Port Townsend, Port Townsend Marine Science Center, Jefferson Community School and individual citizens are all helping to build rain gardens.

2021 Rain Garden Summary Report

New 2019 Port Townsend Rain Garden
Local students helped install the 2019 Quilcene Rain Garden
Rain Gardens