Water Smart Program
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Learn about our local watershed and keeping it healthy through daily actions and sustainable gardening techniques.
The Problem: Urban Water Pollution
When it rains or we water our gardens, the excess water carries pollutants into the storm drains. The storm drains connect directly to local streams and lakes, ending up in Puget Sound.
Toxins from our yards, gardens and streets, like fertilizers and pesticides, bacteria from animal waste, motor oil, soap are transported into the watershed, poisoning fish and our marine ecosystem.
Much of Seattle operates on a dated drainage system that links stormwater and sewage lines. During big storms, storm drains overflow and mix with sewage water, yielding an even more potent pollution cocktail that is deposited directly into our local bodies of water.
There are Solutions!
The good news is that individuals can do a lot to stem this pollution. The garden is a great place to take action! By using sustainable gardening principles, Seattle residents can save money and grow beautiful landscapes while protecting the water we all share. Find out about our organic gardening classes or ask the Garden Hotline your questions.
Seattle Tilth offering free Water Smart educational workshops and volunteer opportunities delivering free Water Smart resource kits to eligible residents to encourage practices that improve water health for the whole community. Interested? Contact Becca Fong at email@example.com or (206) 633-0451 ext. 120.
Thanks to King Conservation District and the Russell Family Foundation for supporting the Water Smart program.