KIRKLAND, Wash. (October) – The City of Kirkland wants your help choosing potential stormwater projects aimed at reducing flooding and drainage issues in the North Rose Hill basin of the Forbes Creek Watershed.
Community members are invited to stop by one of two community drop-in sessions on Saturday, October 13 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. The sessions are being held at NE 107th Place and 125th Place NE, and NE 114th Place and 126th Ave NE. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask the project team questions as well as provide input on five potential stormwater retrofit projects.
Much of the North Rose Hill neighborhood was developed before the awareness around the need for stormwater controls, resulting in damage to Forbes Creek from high water flows and pollution. The City of Kirkland is working to reduce the amount of polluted stormwater runoff entering local creeks and lakes, including Forbes Creek and Lake Washington. One strategy the City is using to solve this problem is to build projects that reduce polluted runoff and flooding, while also improving water quality in areas that lack stormwater management facilities.
The City of Kirkland is currently in Phase 1 of the project. This phase will identify and develop preliminary designs for three sites that, when constructed, will help reduce stormwater runoff and address water quality and flooding concerns. Potential benefits of these projects include greener and more attractive neighborhoods, lower risk of street and property flooding, improved water quality for ecosystems and recreation, calmer traffic patterns, and a healthier Forbes Creek.
For more information on the drop-in sessions or the North Rose Hill Stormwater Project visit the project website at www.kirklandwa.gov/ForbesCreek, or contact Environmental Education & Outreach Specialist Betsy Adams at firstname.lastname@example.org or (425) 587-3858.