This sequence of photos shows the installation of a 450 square foot rain garden at the Macbride Hall UW Pack Forest Conference Facilities during June 2009. Project Partners: Center for Sustainble Forestry at Pack Forest, Nisqually Tribe Stream Stewards, WSU Native Plant Salvage, LeMay, Inc and Waste Connections Inc., Tacoma Power and Stewardship Partners.
Saturday June 27
Macbride Hall. Initial site visit to establish the rain garden footprint.
Exploring soil composition
Removing sod with flat edged bucket
Takeing sod to compost bin
Sod is removed and site raked. Begin excavation
A larger dump vehicle speeds up excavation.
Site excavated to a depth of 24 inches. Yellow ribbons on stakes represent final grade of rain garden mix once it is returned to the site. Rain garden soil depth is approximately 18 inches.
Native soil removed and stockpiled on right. Yard waste compost delivered and on left. Rain garden soil will be mixed in the middle and returned to the excavation site. Mix ratio is 35% compost and 65% native soil.
Native soil removed and stockpiled on left. Yard waste compost on right. Rain garden soil will be mixed in the middle and returned to the excavation site at the top of the picture.
Soil mixing area
Dry well overflow
The Rain Dog stands watch
Zone 1 backfill is complete. Getting ready for volunteers on the 27th
Overflow outlet is in place
Mulch is delivered
Signature rock is in place
Raked and ready for volunteers on Saturday
Installation day. Volunteers are busy moving soil and shaping the rain garden
Lunch break at the Pavilion, sponsored by Tacoma Power and prepared by UW Pack Forest staff
Back to work after lunch. Mulching the rain garden
Macbride Hall before in May 2008
Rain Garden after and grass is in hibernation mode.
Completed rain garden
We thank our many volunteers, sponsors and partners who joined and supported this rain garden installation
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This rain garden is an important element of the Low Impact Development and Sustainable Building program for the Nisqually Watershed Stewardship Plan
Project Partners: Center for Sustainable Forestry University of Washington Pack Forest; Nisqually Tribe Stream Stewards; LeMay, Inc., Waste Connections, Inc., Tacoma Power, and Stewardship Partners
This rain garden project was funded through a grant administered by Stewardship Partners. For more on rain gardens and sustainable building, visit: http://www.stewardshippartners.org/prog_building.html#gardens