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Public Communications (MS-11)
614 Division Street, Port Orchard, WA
Phone: 360.337.4598
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 
  
Date: Oct. 14, 2011

Contact: Teresa Brooks, Kitsap Conservation District
360.337.7171 (extension 24)

Chris May, Kitsap County Public Works Surface and Stormwater Division
360.337.5777

Kevin Farrell, Washington Conservation Corps
360.407.7119
No: 2011-080

Brookwood Lane is Kitsap County's first "Green Street"

 (Port Orchard, WA)  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 this neighborhood.

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 garden.”

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 future.”   

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 summer.” 
 

Media Tour:  October 18 at 3:30 pm
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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Last Updated: 
May 27, 2014