Let’s face it – it rains a TON around Hood Canal. The average annual rainfall in Belfair is nearly five feet! The rain helps keep our community green year-round, but it can also increase stormwater runoff. What if there was a way to utilize the rain while reducing pollution risk?

You’re in luck! There are two methods to help manage rain in a way that helps maintain our lush, green lands while slowing runoff from impervious surfaces.

Rain barrels help to catch rain draining through your gutters into downspouts. The collected water can be stored for future watering needs or for release when ground saturation is low. Also, as our climate changes and we experience more drought-like conditions, rain barrels can be a budget-friendly way to maintain gardens and lawns.

Rain gardens catch and store water until it can be absorbed into the ground. The garden acts like a bowl, collecting water from your downspouts and lawn. Native plants are used in the garden that require little maintenance and can establish deep root systems to absorb significant amounts of water. These gardens not only are helpful in managing stormwater but they also create habitat.

Ready to act? Learn how to build and install a rain barrel or rain garden!

Managing Stormwater

Did You Know? Despite the gloom and doom, you CAN help manage stormwater! Stormwater management begins in your yard or at your business. Check out how to get started.

Protecting Hood Canal's Shellfish

Did You Know? Significant amounts of stormwater can increase the risk of flooding, and once polluted, can severely impact Hood Canal's shellfish and salmon, as well as our drinking water.

Pollutants in Hood Canal

Did You Know? Over 50,000 pounds of pollutants on average are released into the Puget Sound and Hood Canal Ecosystem every day, including oils, metals and more. (Washington State Department of Ecology (2011b). Toxics in Runoff to Puget Sound. Phase 3 Data Loads and Estimates. April 2011

Rain in Puget Sound

Did You Know? Most of Puget Sound and Hood Canal receive over 40 inches of rain each year. Just an inch of rain over a 1-acre acre equates to over 27,000 gallons of water! That's a lot of stormwater runoff.