FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
|| Oct. 14, 2011
|| Teresa Brooks, Kitsap Conservation District
360.337.7171 (extension 24)
Chris May, Kitsap County Public Works Surface and Stormwater Division
Kevin Farrell, Washington Conservation Corps
Brookwood Lane is Kitsap County's first "Green Street"
Brookwood Lane in Central
Kitsap is Kitsap County’s first Green Street.
In September, ten rain gardens were built in the road right-of-way in
A Green Street uses natural drainage systems with plants, trees and soil to
keep stormwater runoff near its source.
The plants and soil slow, clean and soak up runoff.
This project is a partnership among the Kitsap Conservation District (KCD),
Kitsap County Public Works Surface and Stormwater Management (SSWM),
Washington Conservation Corps (WCC), and the residents.
“This project happened because the neighbors joined together to solve a
common problem,” says Teresa Brooks, rain garden manager with the Kitsap
Conservation District. “One
resident wanted to build a rain garden, talked to his neighbors, and more
people asked about installing rain gardens.
We thought this would be a great opportunity to build a group of rain
gardens, which can be more effective in reducing runoff than a single rain
The work included:
KCD provided technical assistance to the residents, supplied
native plants and a “rain garden soil” for the rain gardens,
and helped plant and mulch.
SSWM designed the rain gardens, removed existing soil, and
installed pipes, drains and other stormwater features.
A WCC crew spread the soil and planted native plants.
WCC also helped residents redirect their downspouts
to the rain gardens.
After the rain gardens were installed, the Road Division
installed new pavement and improved the road shoulders.
Some project features include using berms in rain gardens to capture
stormwater runoff and slow the flow.
Some rain gardens allow the water to flow downhill and connect to
adjacent rain gardens. In some
cases, small culverts were installed under driveways.
Chris May, SSWM program manager states, “We are excited about the Brookwood
project and may consider other neighborhoods for a Green Street in the
Washington Conservation Corps
The WCC plants trees and restores habitat throughout the state and in the
Puget Sound region. The
Brookwood Green Street project obtained their assistance through a
Department of Ecology grant. The
Director of the Department of Ecology, Ted Sturdevant, is especially
interested in rain gardens in Kitsap County.
Kevin Farrell, project coordinator with the Washington Conservation Corps,
says: “Our crew gained some
great hands-on experience with the Brookwood project.
We worked on several rain garden projects in Kitsap County this
Media Tour: October 18 at 3:30
Commissioners Josh Brown and Robert Gelder, KCD and SSWM staff would like to
show the Brookwood Green Street project to interested media.
This tour is scheduled on October 18
at 3:30 pm at Brookwood Lane.
Residential Rain Garden Cost-Share Program
Residents in unincorporated Kitsap County can receive technical
assistance and funding to install a rain garden.
Residents who qualify for the cost-share program may be reimbursed ½
the cost to install a rain garden up to $500.
“In the first nine months of the program, over 70 home owners applied for
the rain garden cost share. More
people are signing up for rain gardens this year,” says Teresa Brooks.
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