Thirty-five bioretention facilities (formerly called rain gardens) are planned in the Central Business District in areas draining to Whatcom Creek. These rain gardens will significantly improve stormwater runoff by providing both a filter and shade. Rain gardens are a well-known filtering system to reduce pollutants. Bioretention facilities are engineered to maximize stormwater treatment. Increased shade will lower water temperature. In addition, the project will remove impervious area, decrease heat-island effect and increase vegetative cover in the downtown area. The project is 75% funded by the Department of Ecology. Additional information is located on the Downtown Improvement Gardens page of the Stormwater Projects section.
Accomplishments: First 34 bioretention facilities
structurally complete. Planting started.
Next milestones: Complete construction, complete plantings, install plaques, and coordinate steward training. Host DIG educational walk August 7.
Central Business District
Freeman Anthony, P.E.
Phone: (360) 778-7924
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