We can all slow and clean the rain runoff from our homes by helping the rain soak into the soil. Install landscape features that help capture rain where it falls, instead of allowing water to run off-site.
- Plant a tree
- Reduce paved areas around your home
- Improve your soil with compost and mulch
- Install a rain barrel or cistern
- Disconnect downspouts
- Shrink your lawn and replace it with native plants
- Learn about Kirkland’s Neighborhood Rain Garden Program and build a rain garden in your yard
- Read about and visit the Forbes House Rain Garden (PDF), located in Juanita Beach Park
Managing Rainwater Around Your Home (PDF) - An introduction to slowing the flow of rainwater around your home.
Rain Garden Handbook for Western Washington Homeowners (PDF - 19mb) - Guide for helping residents plan, design and build rain gardens.
LID Elements for Residential Stormwater Management (PDF) - Information on LID projects in Kirkland.
12,000 Rain Gardens- A campaign to install 12,000 rain gardens in the Puget Sound region by 2016.