ECOSS connects residents to simple, effective solutions to reduce flooding and pollution.
Stormwater is the # 1 source of pollution in Puget Sound. With every storm, rain carries pollutants (motor oil, fertilizer, animal waste etc.) off our roads, parking lots and other hard surfaces to local waters and ultimately Puget Sound.
During big storms, the sheer volume of this polluted runoff causes sewer overflows and erodes hillsides and stream banks.
ECOSS helps eligible residents use the RainWise rebate program to install rain gardens and cisterns on their property. The rebates can cover up to 100% of the cost of these projects. ECOSS’ role in this project is to support customers with different language needs and match them with contractors of similar background and language capacity. We are here to support immigrant, refugee RainWise eligible homeowners at every step of the process: from finding a contractor to submitting their rebate paperwork.
Some of our happy RainWise clients in South Park:
Rain Gardens & Cisterns
A rain garden is a bowl-shaped garden containing spongy soil and a variety of plants that thrive in the Northwest. It collects water from your roof downspout and helps it to safely soak into the ground. Rain gardens are easy to maintain and look good too.
A cistern is a huge rain barrel and can hold over 200 gallons of water. During the winter, cisterns store rain to reduce the amount of water entering the sewer system. In the summer, the collected water can be used for watering.
If you are not eligible for the RainWise rebate program, you may eligible for a GSI Mini-Grant!
Approved green stormwater infrastructure types include:
– Rain gardens
– Depave projects
– Green roofing
– Grattix boxes
You can check your eligibility here: https://kingcounty.gov/services/environment/grants-and-awards/waterworks/eligibility/mapping-tools.aspx
If you have any questions or language needs, ECOSS staff can support you with the GSI Mini-Grants application process and help you connect with a contractor.