Nature itself holds solutions. Rain gardens, urban trees and plants, greenways and other natural infrastructure can treat stormwater.
Not only that, bringing nature back into our cities brings enormous
other benefits to people. Cities that work with nature are just better
places to live. Health, ability to learn and overall happiness are just a
few of the things that improve when nature is nearby, according to Outside Our Doors, a new report by The Nature Conservancy in Washington.
The scale of
the stormwater challenge is immense and our solutions must be as well.
We’re in the midst of an unprecedented building boom, in Seattle and
around Puget Sound. We have a window of opportunity now to reimagine
cities and the role of nature in our increasingly urban lives. We can
build cities that serve our economy, nature and the people who live in
take a coordinated and sustained partnership between state and local
leaders, businesses, research institutions, environmental non-profits
and community members. It took 100 years of development to get us to
this point. Our commitment to the future must be just as sustained.
Together we can implement a multi-faceted plan to clean up stormwater
and actually reverse the decline in the health of our beloved Sound.
We’re already building the coalitions and advancing the ideas to make this happen.
work has begun to launch a coordinated approach with ambitious goals.
Over the next five years, we will work with our partners to clean up a
billion gallons of stormwater before it reaches Puget Sound. We will
plant a million trees to hold and filter water, while sequestering
carbon and enhancing our cities. We’ll start with 20,000 new rain
gardens, demonstrating the value of natural solutions in tackling a big