Recently, the ribbon cutting of the brand-new Kent-Meridian Rain Garden and cistern took place. Kent Mayor Dana Ralph, School Board President Leslie Hamada, School Board Vice President Joe Bento, Superintendent Israel Vela, and King County Council Member Dave Upthegrove were on hand to celebrate this student-driven initiative.
King County awarded this project with a $30,000 student-written grant. The grant and construction of the rain garden was started by Kent-Meridian alumna Risa Suho and Elisha Gill. They are currently students at the University of Washington majoring in environmental studies and environmental science, respectively.
Rain gardens are an important way to deal with stormwater runoff. They help filter rainwater through plant roots and organic material in the soil before entering storm drains. This process helps keep our rivers and salmon healthy and pollutant-free.