What should a pond look like?

Landscaping is critical to the proper functioning of a stormwater pond or rain garden. Grass mowed to the water’s edge means the pond is not providing its full ecological value. Buffers of native plants are essential to the long-term health of ponds and waterways, and can provide trail opportunities and wildlife habitat.



As well as purifying and detaining water, stormwater ponds can provide wildlife habitat, trail opportunities, and pollinator pathways.

Stormwater ponds create wildlife habitat for:

  • Birds and other pollinators
  • Amphibians
  • Mosquito predators

Stormwater ponds can include trails:

  • To view wildlife
  • To provide access for photography
  • To provide for benches, and a quiet spot to enjoy nature

The Sammamish Stormwater Stewards are working on a project with the city to add native plants to existing stormwater ponds in Sammamish, weaving rain gardens, pollinator pathways, wildlife habitat, and trail connections into our community.


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The Sammamish Community Wildlife Habitat Group


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Pollinator Garden Challenge

 -- a Blueprint

Weaving gardens together—one by one—to create a vibrant web of habitats for wildlife and a connection to nature for people. Mary Johnson


What are stormwater ponds?

Stormwater ponds are manmade features generally located near your neighborhood or business. They are designed to mimic the ecological function of naturally occurring ponds and wetlands. Water from these ponds drains to a lake, river, stream, wetland, or may infiltrate into the ground.


Million Pollinator Challenge

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The Million Pollinator Garden Challenge (MPGC) is a nationwide call to action to preserve and create gardens and landscapes that help revive the health of bees, butterflies, birds, bats and other pollinators across America. 


Lend Nature a Hand

“City green spaces also provide vital ecosystem services. ...if you cultivate a diverse collection of native plants, they’ll do a much better job managing stormwater—while also providing food and forage for butterflies, bees, small mammals, and birds.”


Sammamish Adopt-a-Stormwater Pond

Elements of Adopt-a-Stormwater Pond

  1. Inventory -- Identify potential site(s).
  2. Field Assessment of Potential Sites -- Verify that sites are feasible and appropriate.
  3. Prioritize Sites for Implementation -- Set up a priority for implementing future sites.
  4. Public Involvement Process --  Input from neighborhoods, churches, schools, and so on.
  5. Landscape Design -- Prepare drawings for specific sites.
  6. Plant Identification and Acquisition -- Census (identify), and source needed plants.
  7. Permitting -- Are approvals and permits necessary for a specific site?
  8. Inspections -- Ensure sites are in accordance with design plans.
  9. Create an Ongoing Maintenance Plan -- Ensure that sites are adequately maintained.


Lancaster Ridge Project 

What has been done: 

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check.pngGet the city engaged!

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What remains to be done:

1. Landscape design.

2. Source native plants.

3. Plant (Fall, 2016)

4. Establish a long-term maintenance plan with city, neighborhood, and other volunteer groups.