Welcome!Thank you for visiting the West Seattle rain gardens website. We started this site when King County planned to construct "biorentention swales" in our neighborhoods. Bioswales are NOT rain gardens. We hope you’ll carefully review the content of the site to learn from our experience, especially if a similar project is proposed for your community. We support green infrastructure, but we advocate for safe options to address Combined Sewer Overflows (CSOs).
Tag Archives: bioswales
Enjoying Spring and Staying Vigilant
After one of the wettest winters we can remember, we’re relishing the scents of spring and every sun break. And as we think of all the rain that has fallen in recent months, we’re so grateful that deep wells of … Continue reading
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More Rainwise, Less Forced Bioswales?
Spring has sprung, sunny, beautiful and blue one moment–gray and rainy the next. At West Seattle Raingardens, we’re enjoying the shift of the seasons. And we’re pleased to see King County’s increased promotion of the Rainwise program. We’ve also noticed the … Continue reading
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Bioswale Planting Underway
We see plantings appearing in our neighborhood bioswales and plan to take photos to track the progress. One of the primary concerns is whether the swales will be well-maintained or not. Because bioswale maintenance often starts out strong and then … Continue reading
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Bioswale Construction Zone
We’ve been quiet, but we’re still here, in our neighborhood that now looks like a construction zone. We’re angry that King County keeps insulting our intelligence by referring to the deep ditches they’re installing as rain gardens–they are not rain … Continue reading
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