Rainwater Management in Seattle: City sets an ambitious goal for diverting rainwater runoff to green infrastructure


Rain garden in Seattle’s Ravenna neighborhood manages about 80,000 US gallons of rainwater annually. (Photo credit: Bellamy Pailthorp, Radio Station KPLU)


The Goal: Six-Fold Increase in Volume Diversion by 2025

“When you look around the streets of Seattle, you can expect to see less concrete and more greenery being put in over the next 12 years,” reported Bellamy Pailthorp, environmental reporter with radio station KPLU in Seattle.

“So now the city has set an ambitious goal: treating 1,000 gallons of stormwater per resident with green infrastructure by the year 2025. To visualize that, they said what’s needed is about six square feet of raingardens, per person.”

“The goal is outlined in an Executive Order from Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn. The City Council is to consider the goal in a resolution later this month.”


To Learn More:

To listen to the broadcast by Bellamy Pailthorp on radio station KPLU, click on Seattle Mayor aiming high on green infrastructure for stormwater. To download a transcript, click here.