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Central Business District Bioretention Facilities (formerly rain gardens)

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Project Overview: EV-0105

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.

Status - July 2014

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.

Affected Neighborhoods

Central Business District
York
Sehome 

Project Manager

Freeman Anthony, P.E.
Project Engineer
Phone: (360) 778-7924
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Project Details

Construction Photographs

excavation overflow drain concrete pour bump out new curb sidewalk DIG sign           

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