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Eagle Scout rain garden project cleans up Catherine Creek

Published on Mon, Oct 17, 2011 by JOURNAL STAFF

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A local Eagle Scout candidate, Ryan Olliges, worked with the City of Lake Stevens and Snohomish Conservation District to construct a 1,200 square foot rain garden at the Lake Stevens City Shop at 2306 131st Avenue NE in Lake Stevens. 

The rain garden is Olliges’ Eagle Scout Project and was constructed using donations, volunteers and grant money from the Department of Ecology.  The rain garden collects storm water runoff from the roof of the shop and the road adjacent to it, effectively removing pollutants from the water and allowing it to soak into the ground instead of flowing into nearby Catherine Creek.

Oliges worked with Snohomish Conservation District staff to help complete the rain garden design and develop a planting plan to create year-round interest in the garden. 

He ordered all the materials and secured hundreds of dollars in discounts to help stretch the city’s grant funds.  Storm Lake Growers, Cedar Grove Compost and Forest Concepts all provided discounts and donations.

Volunteers, Conservation District staff, and other Scouts from Troop 41 spent a Saturday, Sept. 24 planting the garden and spreading mulch.

For information on how to build a rain garden on your property contact Snohomish Conservation District at 425-335-5634, ext. 112 or visit www.snohomishcd.org.
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