Rain Gardens for Rural Properties Workshop Worthwhile

Last week, a select audience of rural landowners gathered in Arlington at the Co-op Supply to learn about rain gardens. They were treated to a super power duo of our district engineer, Derek Hann, and our farm planner (aka the horse guy), Michael Hipp. Each brought their unique perspectives to this rural audience. Even though chilly, the group also visited the, now well established, rain garden near the train depot.

Typically, rain gardens were thought of as urban solutions to extra stormwater, but in the last year, Snohomish Conservation District has been implementing this practice on both large and small farms in Snohomish County. A couple examples are Qualco Energy in Monroe and Holly Farm in Bothell

About a third of the attendees requested site visits, which we're happy to do! Even if you did not attend this class, please reach out. Our role is to evaluate land for resource concerns and to come up with suggestions, or best management practices (BMPs) including rain gardens, to improve water quality for all of us.

Funding for this workshop was provided by Snohomish County Surface Water Management and the Stillaguamish Clean Water District.