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King County constructed roadside rain gardens, a type of green stormwater infrastructure, in the Sunrise Heights and Westwood neighborhoods in West Seattle. Located in the planter strip between the curb and sidewalk, these roadside rain gardens divert stormwater runoff away from the combined sewer system. When it rains, stormwater filters through the rain garden soil to a drain pipe, which takes the water to a deep well for slow infiltration underground. Keeping stormwater out of the sewer system will reduce CSOs of raw sewage and untreated stormwater into Puget Sound near the recently upgraded Barton Pump Station and Fauntleroy ferry dock.

Barton-CSO-Project-MapSource: Barton CSO Control Project summer 2015 newsletter .

24-hour maintenance hotline, 206-263-3801King County has installed curb markers on every block with information on how to contact the County with questions or concerns about the rain gardens. Please call 206-263-3801 if you see:

  • Ponding water that lasts longer than 24 hours after it has stopped raining
  • Vandalism
  • Spills or contamination
  • Other major concerns


Janice Johnson
CSO Control Program