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Rain Garden Volunteer Learning Workshop Phase 3:

October 7th, 2017 | 10 am – 2 pm

Final workshop!

Community members are invited to learn how to install a rain garden in a workshop hosted by the City of Burien on Saturday, October 7th. This will be the final of three “learning and doing” workshops where volunteers both learn and assist with the installation of ten rain gardens in low-income neighborhoods across Burien. DIRTCorps‘ Community Partnership Environmental Training Program will deliver the training and help volunteers install the rain gardens.

Workshop instruction will be available in both English and Spanish. No experience is necessary. Volunteer learners will have the opportunity to earn a Rain Garden Certificate of Training awarded by City of Burien and DIRTCorps. Every participant will receive a FREE RAIN GARDEN PLANT!

Workshop Location: North Burien. In order to protect homeowner privacy, address will be emailed out one week prior to workshop.


10:00 – 10:15 am. Welcome and Introductions – Mary Eidmann, City of Burien and Cari Simson, DIRTCorps

10:15 – 10:30 am. Site Analysis: Determining rain garden size based on rainfall, roof size, and gutter placement – Jaén and Emma, DIRTCorps

10:30 – 10:45 am. Rain Garden Plant Selection – Roseann and Ileana, Aster Rosa Ecology and Design

10:45 – 11:00 am. How to plant: Proper planting technique, plant intro and demo with words of wisdom from the crew – Ileana and Emma, DIRTCorps

11:00 – 1:40 pm. Plant and Mulch – Everyone

1:40 pm – 2:00 pm. Closing Remarks: Wrap up, give away plants, and award Certificate of Training for volunteers – Mary Eidmann, City of Burien and Cari Simson, DIRTCorps

Light food and drink will be provided. Restrooms are available courtesy of homeowner.

About the project

Support for this project is provided in part by the Puget Sound Stewardship and Mitigation Fund, a grantmaking fund created by the Puget Soundkeeper Alliance and administered by the Rose Foundation for Communities and the Environment.

By attending this program, participants accept all terms and conditions of this agreement:

Equal Access City of Burien does not discriminate against or exclude anyone from participating in any programs or services on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, sex, religion, sexual orientation or handicap. I understand that if an accommodation is needed that such requests are needed at least ten working days before the activity begins. Emergency Treatment I consent to my child's or children's participation in the activity/program of the Burien Public Works Department, and authorize the Department and its employees or agents to provide emergency treatment for me, my child or children on my behalf. Photo/Video Release I give my permission to have my photo or the photo of my children or child taken, or videotaped, during classes or program activities when these are used by the Burien Public Works Department for publicity or marketing purposes. I consent to the use of my name, likeness, image and/or voice or those of my child or children without monetary compensation in connection with any Burien Public Works Department publicity, and expressly release the Burien Public Works Department and its agents from any and all claims for damages for libel, slander, invasion of the right of privacy and any other claim arising out of any broadcast, exhibition, promotion or advertising of the Burien Public Works Department. Limitation of Liability I, on behalf of myself (and my child(ren) if any such child(ren) are registering as a Participant) agree to indemnify and to hold the City of Burien, its agents, employees and officials, while acting within the scope of their duties, harmless from all lawsuits, causes of actions, demands, and claims, including costs of their defense, arising in favor of myself, my child(ren) participant (if applicable), or third parties, on account of personal injuries, death or damage to property arising out of the activities related to the above program(s). 

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Don't Drip and Drive 

When your car leaks oil and other fluids, it is often a sign of a larger problem. If you ignore oil leaks, they can lead to major engine damage and a more expensive repair bill. Oil and other vehicle fluids from cars are toxic. Fix your leak so that vehicle fluids don’t end up in puddles where kids and pets like to play! 

Fixing vehicle leaks is good for the environment. Vehicles drip an estimated 7 million quarts of motor oil into the Puget Sound watershed each year. Oil and other petroleum products can harm wildlife and habitat. When it rains, stormwater runoff carries petroleum products to rivers, streams, lakes and Puget Sound.

FREE vehicle leak test and up to $50 off repairs at participating shops.

Check out our calendar for details regarding the free leak check event at Puget Sound Skills Center in Burien on January 12th!

Participating Auto Shops

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 Storm drainage issues
Look for the low spot. The storm drain is most likely located in or near the lowest spot of the puddle, covered by leaves. That’s why it’s not draining properly.

Take a shovel or push broom and uncover the storm drain by brushing the leaves away. Depending on how much water has built up, you might need to use some muscle! As the standing water drains, more leaf debris will flow over the drain, meaning you might have to do this a few times.

If you are struggling with keeping your drains clear, call the City of Burien for help at 206-241-4647.

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General Stormwater Housekeeping

Mow and trim ditches - if you don’t, the culverts can get clogged easily during storms.

Keep drains and catch basins clear of debris.

Check the culverts that go under your driveways. If they’re full of debris or sediment call the City of Burien and we can clean them out.

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Rain Gardens


Rain gardens are shallow depressions filled with native plants which act as an infiltration basin for stormwater runoff.

We highly recommend this easy to use guide on how to build your own rain garden.

Contact Mary Eidmann, Burien's new Stormwater Education Specialist, if you are interested in installing a rain garden on your property or would like more information:

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St. Francis of Assisi Community Rain Garden
In 2011, a sixth grade class at St. Francis of Assisi school installed a rain garden with the assistance of their parish and neighborhood. Read our interview with their teacher, Michael Stein-Ross, to learn all about it.
Rain Garden Interview

When first completed, in 2011:

Five years later, in 2016:

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Rain Barrels and Cisterns

Divert your gutter downspouts into a rain barrel. Rainwater is one of the cleanest and cheapest sources of water.

Use it to water your landscape or garden. To create your own Rain Barrel, follow our easy to use guide.

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driveway-carwash.jpg Car washing is harmful
When you wash your car on a compacted surface, the dirty water or effluent containing soap, heavy metals, road grime, greases, and oils can enter our storm drains. 

Unlike sanitary drains, storm drains usually run directly into creeks, ponds, lakes, and the Puget Sound. Untreated effluent destroys aquatic habitat, harms fish, and degrades water quality. Even biodegradable soaps may be harmful to fish!

Learn more...

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Natural Lawn Care
As much as we love our lawns, they do take a lot of work to keep them healthy and looking good. We also should care for them in ways that keep children and pets healthy, and keep runoff from our yards and driveways clean. Runoff from our yards and streets does not go to a sewage treatment plant like the water from our sinks and showers. Clean runoff helps lakes, streams and Puget Sound have enough oxygen for fish to breathe.

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Our partners...
King County Conservation District
The King Conservation District’s Urban Shoreline program helps urban homeowners protect and improve the health of streams, rivers, wetlands, lakes, ponds and marine shorelines by removing invasive plant species and installing native trees and shrubs. All landowners within the city limits of Burien are eligible for the Urban Shoreline program.

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As part of the Miller-Walker Creek Basin, The City of Burien joins King County, Normandy Park, Seatac, and the Port of Seattle in supporting a 10 year restoration plan.

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