See stormwater solutions on Bellingham rain garden tour

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDMay 26, 2013 

BELLINGHAM - The city and a sustainability group are hosting a tour of Bellingham's rain gardens, to educate residents about a natural way to reduce stormwater pollution.

"Rain Garden Tour de Bellingham" runs from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, June 1. Meet at the Bloedel Donovan Community Building, 2214 Electric Ave. The tour, by RE Sources for Sustainable Communities and other groups, costs $20 to cover transportation and lunch.

Rain gardens are shallow depressions filled with plants that capture and absorb runoff as it rains.

The tour's final stop is the free Watershed-Friendly Project Expo, from 1 to 3 p.m. at Bloedel Donovan Park. This open house is intended to show homeowners products and projects to reduce stormwater pollution. Displays will include ways to reduce phosphorus runoff into Lake Whatcom, which has excessive levels of the pollutant.

More information is at lakewhatcom.whatcomcounty.org.

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