Can you build a whole community using the natural engineering principles of a rain garden? At the High Point community in West Seattle, a series of bioswales handles all of the stormwater runoff on site. Curb cuts direct water from the street toward the bioswales, and pervious concrete lets rain soak right through instead of loading up with pollution and running off into a big pipe. This natural drainage system flows into a beautiful landscaped retention pond. The whole complex improves water quality and protects salmon habitat in nearby Longfellow Creek. The future is here.

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