Thirty-five bioretention facilities (formerly called raingardens) are planned in the Central Business District in areas draining to Whatcom Creek. These raingardens will significantly improve stormwater runoff by providing both a filter and shade. Raingardens 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 14 bioretention facilities
Next milestones: Complete construction, install plantings, install plaques, and coordinate steward training.
Central Business District
Freeman Anthony, P.E.
Phone: (360) 778-7924
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