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Public Communications (MS-11)
614 Division Street, Port Orchard, WA
Phone: 360.337.4598
Date: October 8, 2010
Contact: Chris May
Kitsap County Surface and Stormwater Management
Phone: 360-337-5777 or

Brian Hauschel
Kitsap County Parks Department
Phone: 360-337-5350 or
No: 10-53

New natural stormwater system improves drainage and water quality at Village Greens Golf Course

(Port Orchard, WA) – Kitsap County Surface and Stormwater Management (SSWM) and the Parks Department constructed a 600-foot natural stormwater treatment system that will reduce flooding and improve water quality at the Village Greens Golf Course. The new system consists of multiple interconnected swales and ponds that will control runoff from surrounding development that flows into Village Greens and will use “green” stormwater techniques to treat the stormwater. The new system was designed and constructed as a multi-functional landscape so that it fits into the golf course.

Village Greens before
                        Village Greens before

The golf course, which was developed in the 1950s, has a history of poor drainage and ineffective stormwater infrastructure. In collaborating with the Parks Department, SSWM removed the old stormwater pipes and used natural features to reduce flooding and slow the water, resulting in improved water quality. The new stormwater treatment system includes bioretention and biofiltration swales, as well as retention ponds that will double as water hazards.

Village Greens after
                           Village Greens after

Water from 30 acres upland of the Village Green Golf Course drains through the golf course, and previously was not treated. The new treatment system will collect, absorb and filter stormwater runoff from the 47 acre golf course and the neighboring 30 acres. The new system was also designed to reduce flows leaving the golf course that could impact downstream properties.

“This project is a great example of County Departments working together to solve water quality and local flooding problems,” says Chris May, Kitsap County Surface and Stormwater Management Program Director. “In particular, this project builds on our efforts to treat water as a resource by using natural slopes and native plants to conserve our water resources.”

Brian Hauschel, Kitsap County South Parks Supervisor/Golf Course Superintendent, says “we needed to do something about the golf course’s drainage problems, and SSWM came up with a cost-effective solution. This stormwater management is a benefit to the surrounding community and to our golfers.”

SSWM also built two footbridges across the treatment swales, using recycled and surplus materials to reduce cost. With these new walkways, golfers can more easily access the course, even during wet weather.

Dave Marquis, SSWM’s utility maintenance supervisor says: “the crews enjoyed working on this project, and worked well outside their normal routine. They were very professional and did a great job. Working on the golf course was also a great opportunity for them to use their creative skills. They built a stormwater system that is functional and looks attractive -- like it is part of the golf course.”

On this project SSWM provided the construction workers, materials and equipment; the Parks Department provided seeding and erosion control. The construction work lasted approximately one week.

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Last Updated:  May 27, 2014