Water management and conservation is a key environmental sustainability priority at UW Bothell. The development of campus and the wetlands at our current site was designed as an on-site stormwater remediation system, such that all runoff is cleaned and remediated entirely on campus, and discharged throgh the North Creek Wetlands. Follow this link to learn about how our stormwater management and remediation system functions and helps keep our water clean.
Below is a graph representing water used for irrigation on campus since 2000.
These reductions in campus irrigation water use can be attributed, in large part, to the Grounds Departments’ adoption of sustainable gardening practices in the spring of 2006. 2012 was the first year we saw irrigation water use drop below one million gallons in a year. The development of healthy, living soil achieved through the elimination of pesticides and chemical fertilizers and the increased use of compost and mulch has been perhaps the biggest factor in increasing water use efficiency in the landscape. In addition, a continued commitment to native and regionally appropriate plants, maintaining significant vegetation and leaf litter cover in landscaped areas, as well as the decision to stop watering most lawn areas have all made significant contributions to the campus’ water conservation efforts.
Stormwater management at UW Bothell
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