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Get Disconnected to Eliminate Stormwater Runoff
Annual gallons of stormwater disconnected to-date: 15,871,080.
What does it mean to "Get Disconnected?" Disconnecting from the stormwater system means keeping stormwater on-site where it falls, instead of letting it flow into the stormwater system. This technique of on-site stormwater management is known as Low Impact Development (LID) -aka- Green Stormwater Infrastructure (GSI).
The Stormwater Problem
Not only does stormwater runoff carry pollutants from our yards and road into the waterways, but our streams and rivers are not designed to carry these large volumes of stormwater.
Disconnect! By managing stormwater on-site, pollutants are kept out of our waterways and we reduce large volumes of water flowing into our streams, helping to reduce localized flooding.
The Solution in Action
Since 2009 Puyallup's Rain Garden Program has promoted the installation of rain gardens in the city through demonstration projects to outreach on the issues of stormwater. The construction of Puyallup's City Hall even included many green stormwater infrastructure practices - adding to the successful Gold LEED award for green building.
The more stormwater we manage the right way, the healthier our streams and river can get, and the more we can reduce localized flooding. Take a look at the list of GSI installations (PDF) around the city, and visit some of these amazing features. Read about demonstrations in the Rain Garden Program, view past installations, and find out how to participate in the program.
GSI by Numbers
2 Green Roofs
31 Rain Barrels
35 Permeable Pavements
63 Rain Gardens
(residential and public installations)
Rain Garden Program
How many rain gardens does Puyallup have? Visit the Rain Garden Program webpage for information on past installations, and how to participate in this cost-share program.
Submit Your GSI Data
Want to tell us about your disconnect? Send us your stormwater disconnect data and we will add it to our count. Read more about ways to reduce stormwater pollution and become involved in local efforts on the Citizen's Guide to Protecting Our Waters webpages.
Past GSI Installations
The first few years of Puyallup's Rain Garden Program served as foundation to the effort for creating a cost-share program to encourage homeowners to go green with stormwater infrastructure. In 2013, the program transitioned to a cost-share program. Read about past installations and get ideas for your own Green Stormwater Infrastructure (GSI)!
May 2012 hosted 1 big installation event. The cluster installation included 8 homes that each received a rain garden and rain barrel for volunteering in the program. The rain barrel pictured to the right received an artistic touch from Pete Sparh of Spahrzart. New to the program in 2012 was permeable pavements. Demonstrating the application of this green stormwater infrastructure element, a full driveway and entry walkway was installed. View photographs from this event.
Funding for this successful Education and Outreach program came from a Department of Ecology grant. The permeable pavement installations were completed in cost-share with the program participants.
May 2011 was declared by Mayor Turner as Rain Garden Month in the City of Puyallup. To make this proclamation complete, May 21st hosted the City's fourth Rain Garden Cluster Installation. The 8 homes of the project neighborhood were located just south of the Puyallup Fair Grounds on 6th and 7th Street SW. Read more about the May 2011 installation. The 2nd 2011 installation took place on 7th Avenue NW in July 2011. Enjoy viewing the photos and reading about the installation event on 7th Avenue NW. The final installation of 2011 took place in a Clarks Creek neighborhood, on 5th Avenue SW and 18th Street SW.
September 18th, 2010 marked the 3rd official rain gardens installation in the City. This event installed rain gardens at 6 homes on 18th Street SW. Ciscoe Morris from Gardening with Ciscoe broadcast live from the event. In addition to the planting activities the city had a Fish-Friendly car wash demonstration. Many other environmentally-connected organizations where present and provided demonstrations and information on subjects such as porous pavement driveways, compost-amending your lawn, home energy audits, and information on stormwater and current restoration efforts under way in the Puyallup River Watershed. Take a look at some photographs and details about this event.
Prior to the September 2010 installation, a cluster was installed in June 2010 which can be found on 5th Avenue SE near Spinning Elementary School. This event installed seven rain gardens. Read the details and take a look at some pictures from this event, or navigate to the Rain Gardens listings on Google Maps.
The 1st rain garden cluster, installed August 2009, is located in the 900 block of 8th Avenue NW and also includes 7 rain garden sites. Read more about this installation and view pictures from the event, or take a look at the Rain Gardens listings on Google Maps.