Soils for Salmon

“Soils for Salmon” is an initiative of the Washington Organic Recycling Council. Soil performs valuable functions: nourishing plants, absorbing and cleaning stormwater. These functions are often degraded during development when soil is removed or compacted. Restoring healthy soil is essential to protecting our waterways and salmon, and our way of life in the Puget Sound region. Builders, developers, and landscapers are adopting practices that preserve and improve the soil on building sites, and protect waterways, and local governments are beginning to require it.

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Setting Soil Standards in King County, Washington, with the Future in Mind

King County in Washington State became one of the first jurisdictions in the United States to adopt and implement a post-construction soil standard. Its regulation went into effect January 1, 2005. King County’s post-construction soil standard has changed the way developers plan and develop a site in unincorporated parts of the county.

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"Learning Lunch Seminar Series" promotes consistent provinical approach to rainwater management and green infrastructure

The City of Courtenay is the host municipality for the second series of pilot Vancouver Island Learning Lunch Seminars. The series promotes a consistent provincial approach to rainwater management and green infrastructure, comprises three events, and will be held during the period September through November 2008. The first series was hosted by the Cowichan Valley Regional District, and was held in June/July 2008.

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"My Rain Garden" – Fostering an Ethic to Maintain Roadway Amenities in View Royal

Rain gardens are a core element of the Design with Nature strategy for the Island Highway Enhancement Project through the Town of View Royal. Homeowners fronting on the old Island Highway will be involved in the decision-making for rain garden plant selection. The Town of View Royal has constructed a portable rain garden to demonstrate how dirty runoff is cleansed

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Paving of the Future: A Water Management Alternative

Typically used for off-road pavements that handle a low volume of traffic flow – parking lots, industrial parks, and driveways – porous asphalt pavement has been around for more than 30 years. But only recently, as land values have climbed and rainwater/stormwater regulations have evolved in the United Stated, have so many developers begun to embrace this paving technology.

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