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:
Stormwater ponds can include trails:
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.
Brought to you by:
The Sammamish Community Wildlife Habitat Group
Sammamish Stormwater Stewards
Sammamish Stormwater Pond
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
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
Lancaster Ridge Project
What has been done:
Select a site.
Get the city engaged!
Get neighborhood engaged!
Work with city on landscaping design.
Census existing native and invasive plant species.
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.