That’s literally true for the rich sea life of Eagle Harbor and Puget Sound. Sediments and other runoff from land can have a harmful effect on their ecosystem, smothering fish eggs, increasing ocean acidity, or carrying heavier pollution (like plastics) into their — our — precious waters.
So as we continue site work for Grow Community phase 2, we’re making sure we don’t send any pollutants off into the harbor.
commissioned “Rain for Rent,” an innovative, portable filtration system
that captures and treats our runoff before it leaves the work site. The
process looks like this:
First, water is channeled across the
entire site and into a large sediment pond at the south end of the
grounds. After heavy rains and once the water level reaches a certain
point, our “pond" is pumped into the treatment system.
blue "Rain for Rent" tanks run the site water through sand filters that
remove sediment and pollutants, and balance pH levels to assure the
water we finally discharge is cleaner than what landed on our site to
With Eagle Harbor less than a mile downstream from our
several-acre worksite, we’re committed to giving it all the protection
it deserves. After all, lives are at stake.