I’m proud to welcome back Carrie Wolter, an occasional contributor to Environmental Forum. Carrie leads our Green Team for the Puget Sound (Seattle) area and is a Vice President within the Wells Fargo Team Member Philanthropy group. Carrie also leads our company’s annual Community Support Campaign (- KVT)
Did you know that urban runoff is the single largest water quality threat for Puget Sound, contributing 75 percent of the total measured water pollution in the Sound?
One way to help alleviate runoff is to create rain gardens. On Friday, Oct. 18, 14 team members from the Wells Fargo Green Team Puget Sound – along with a few family members and friends – volunteered at Discovery Park to plant native plants in newly designed rain gardens and along the day lighted creek.
These rain gardens are specifically designed to prevent runoff pollution from entering our sensitive waters by absorbing and breaking down pollutants and the erosive energy of fast moving water.
Through a capital improvement grant, Seattle Parks, along with support from Stewardship Partners, are redirecting the stream around the north parking lot at Discovery Park into a newly dug stream bed, and adding rain gardens to slow the additional runoff from the street and parking area. This will restore the creek flow to its natural level. In 2012, Wells Fargo provided a $40,000 grant to support this project through its Environmental Solutions for Communities Grant Program.
This planting serves as a critical final step of a project that will achieve the final goals of beautification, habitat creation, and water quality improvement.
The work that this team did will help restore healthy flows of clean water to Salmon Bay and Puget Sound. See them in action below: