... To Protect Aquatic Habitats
Rain gardens add beauty, filter pollution, reduce flooding, and create ecosystems.
Hard surfaces, like roads, roofs, parking lots, and sidewalks, channel sediments and pollutants downstream. There, runoff with oils, heavy metals, fertilizers, and pesticides harms water quality and aquatic life.
Alternatively, rain gardens act like a native forest and absorb, filter, and slowly release naturally cleaned water into the environment. Rain gardens and other landscape features at the Marine Technology Center model best practices for stormwater management to help keep Fidalgo Bay clean.