Orcas Love Raingardens



Contact: Robb Krehbiel (Defenders of Wildlife); 206-577-2007; rkrehbiel@defenders.org

    Leigh Anne Tiffany (Defenders of Wildlife); 202-772-0259; ltiffany@defenders.org

    Nick Abraham (WEC); 206-631-2629; nick@wcvoters.org


Orcas Love Raingardens

TACOMA, Wash. (June 12, 2017) – Orcas are among the most contaminated marine mammals in the world, carrying residues of pesticides, flame retardants, industrial coolants and solvents. People can be part of the solution, helping to prevent contaminated runoff from reaching the Puget Sound in the first place by building a raingarden with specific plants to control stormwater runoff. Defenders of Wildlife and Washington Environmental Council are hosting this event.

What: “Orcas Love Raingardens” is a family friendly community event that will show residents how to install orca-saving raingardens at schools, libraries, community centers and their own homes. There will be a tour of the new Point Defiance Stormwater Treatment Facility and a panel discussion with representatives from the Puget Sound Partnership, City of Tacoma, Pierce Conservation District, and Tacoma Metro Parks.

When: Tuesday, June 13, 2017 from 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. PT

Where: Point Defiance Pagoda, 5715 Roberts Garden Road, Tacoma, Wash.

Why: The biggest source of toxics in Puget Sound comes from stormwater runoff. We can reduce the amount of storm water entering Puget Sound, and we can clean up the storm water that does reach the Sound, through raingardens. Tacoma continues to be a leader in stormwater runoff management.