Planting a Rain Garden for an Algae Free Lake

Community members help plant the new Chamber of Commerce rain garden.

Community members joined the Snohomish Conservation District staff and the City of Lake Stevens to plant a new rain garden at the Chamber of Commerce Building at Lundeen Park. Many community members stopped by to lend a hand including Cub Scout Pack 360, District Manger Monte Marti and  Mayor of Lake Stevens John Spencer. An interpretive sign will be dedicated at the Chamber of Commerce opening ceremony in July.

The rain garden will offset most of the storm water leaving the Chamber of Commerce building and parking lot - roughly 47,000 gallons annually!  If they left their landscape as is, the storm water would flow into Lake Stevens unfiltered, carrying with it pollution such as oil from cars, animal droppings, sediment, and fertilizer - pollutants that can feed algae.