Take Action

Our neighborhood is a pilot. SPU plans to continue installing these Raingardens in additional locations in Ballard.

To show support and demand improvement on the project before expansion:

  1. Comment on this blog.
  2. Share this blog with more community members.
  3. “Like” and share our Facebook page, “The Ballard Raingardengue”: http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/The-Ballard-Raingardengue/
  4. Contact the SPU project team: SPU_BRR@seattle.gov
  5. Contact us with information: ballardraingardens@yahoo.com
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7 responses to “Take Action

  1. Colleen

    This is incredible! I can’t imagine that this will actually remain the way it is once photos/comments make it to the major papers and news stations! It’s horrendous.

  2. Antonio

    I appreciate the idea of the raingardens but I do not support moving forward with the project in its current state. The goals are not unreasonable and if our Mayor and City Council members choose not to listen then their reelection is not an option.

  3. Sharon Costello

    Since 11-7-10 I have recorded whether or not there is visible standing water in the six cells in front and to the side of my home. That is–data is recorded for 55 consecutive days with readings taken every evening at about 5:00 PM. Of those days 4 readings were inconclusive because the holes were obscured by snow. Of the remaining days (51)–this is what I recorded (moving north to south and around the corner heading east):

    Cell #1–43 days (84%) of days there was standing water visible.

    Cell #2–35 days (68%) of days there was standing water visible.

    Cell #3–1 day (2%)–I guess the sandbags worked to keep the standing water out. I do not know what would have occurred had the sandbag not been there.

    Cell #4–19 days (37%) of days there was standing water visible.

    Cell #5 –2 days (4%) of days

    Cell #6 –1 day (2%)

    Conclusions:

    1. I do not know how well cells 3, 5, and 6 perk water because there hasn’t been water draining into holes, perhaps because of sandbags and perhaps because the water flow diverts downhill across the street where there is consistent standing water every single day.

    2. Cells 1 and 2 drain but too slowly–certainly not within the 72 hour limit. The city may say that’s because it keeps raining. But I say, “This is Seattle, of course it keeps raining this time of year.” But it’s not acceptable to me to having standing water in front of my home up to 85% of the time–even with sandbags in!

    3. Cells 3 and 4 may work better but it remains inconclusive because sandbags still prevent most of the intended diversion of water from the street into the holes.

    4. I need to continue to track this data and we need some more expert analysis of it. So far the city has not convinced me that they are reliable in their predictions of the performance of this project which does not bode well for the accuracy of their interpretations of future data–just my opinion though.

  4. Steve

    We told the city about the hardpan – that the soil just does not drain , we know, we live here – have dug down 9 feet to the bottom of our house footing, it is like concrete. The city replied oh no, you are wrong, the ground perks quite well, we tested it. Our water meter hole fills up with water after a rain – it takes 3 – 4 days to drain, it is only 12” deep. City, you screwed us on 31st ave, we lost our parking , gained a bunch of ugly a** no parking signs and useless ditches.
    It is a good idea if done in the correct soil conditions. This was not the correct area.
    Do not dump any more money in this project. Fill in the ditches & give us back our once attractive street.

  5. Gordon Schlicke

    It seems to me the city owes property owners a duty of care to assure that parcels adjacent to road/street improvements are not adversely affected through damage or devaluation. At the February 2nd community meeting I asked whether SPU felt it had used due care and consideration. The answer was “no.” SPU (the city) has not given us Due Process: the right for us to present our grievances to an independent, third party and ask for relief. Lawsuits are expensive, however, it is possible for each owner to file a Pro Se (without counsel) suit indiviudally with superior court. The presiding judge would likely consolidate all of them into one suit. Also, I have asked the assessor to make a separate inspection of my property because of a loss of curb appeal. I will formally appeal my assessment and I advise all of us to do the same. Our tax bills should be lowered; we’ve lost value. At the worst it appears the only way attract the attention of city administrators is to file a suit. If there is any attorney out there who would consider Pro Bono work, please let us know. It will look good on the record of your firm.

  6. ebm

    SPU- Take the ultimate action. Remove all of the “Raingardens” before the end of THIS year!!

  7. BKM

    And have the consultants pay back the money that it will cost to have these removed. Someone needs to be held accountable for this. This city continually makes mistakes when it comes to the environment. Why are those people still in office?

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