Our Raingardens (and this blog) have been featured on komonews.com: http://ballard.komonews.com/content/ballards-new-green-infrastructure-has-some-neighbors-seeing-red
To address SPU’s statement that “60 percent to 70 percent of the rain gardens are functioning properly, meaning there is less than six inches of standing water and water drains within 72 hours of the last rain”: As residents we do not feel that waiting 72 hours after rain stops in Seattle, Washington, for there to be no pooling water is an appropriate or safe design for a neighborhood. Technically, they should then be called “retention basins” and should be located in more open areas, such as parking lots, parks, and beaches.
Additionally, it is impossible to evaluate the effectiveness of the Raingardens given they have been plugged with tar, not allowing them to fill as designed. Water cannot flow in from the street, and lips on the curbs prevent the water from flowing out.
Secondly, SPU is not pumping the Raingardens every three days, which should be apparent by today’s earlier post and the picture of the standing water that had pond scum on the top after over a week of no circulation.
Thirdly, SPU’s assertion, “There’s no evidence, either nationally or locally, of children being hurt in those things,” may be true, but that is because these Raingardens are a prototype. Toddlers drown in 1-2 inches of water, period. [Sources: Washington State Drowning Prevention Network, Oregon Department of Health and Services, American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), Children’s Hospital, and Safe Kids USA.] These Raingardens are unquestionably, inarguably unsafe for all of our children.
We look forward to the Community Meeting on February 2nd to fully describe our issues and provide suggestions for improving these Raingardens, if they can be recovered at all, given the type of soil they have been installed in.