WSU Whatcom County Extension

Natural Resources

WSU Whatcom County Extension        

Rain Gardens


These attractive landscape features capture and hold rain and stormwater runoff, and reduce the amount of pollutants flowing into surface waters. Rain gardens are a great tool for homeowners looking for a way to improve water quality and prevent soil erosion.

Rain gardens will help your immediate surroundings
because they:

   • Reduce water pollution
   • Prevent flooding
   • Increase home values
   • Make for beautiful, low-maintenance landscapes
   • Help your community save millions of dollars in pollution
      clean-up and expensive stormwater projects.

Wanting to learn more about Rain Gardens? Visit the WSU Extension - Rain Garden website to learn more about the importance of rain gardens, how to build them, and see what others have done.





  • Build a Rain Garden in the Pacific Northwest
  • Neighbors Fight Stormwater Pollution by Building Rain Gardens

Slide Shows

  • Rain Gardens 101

Brochures and More

  • 12,000 Rain Garden Brochure
  • Rain Garden Handbook for Western Washington Homeowners
  • Rain Garden Care


  • Register Your Rain Garden
  • FAQs
  • Washington Low Impact Development Center


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