Watch Sage Taber Talk About High School Rain Garden

Sage Taber and the Earth Service Corps at West Seattle High School led a ground-breaking effort to install a rain garden at their school.

(View on vimeo: Watch Sage tell the story)

Sage was originally inspired to do something about stormwater pollution after learning about the importance of the issue at an event held by Seattle’s Restore Our Waters.  She became a woman on a mission and determined to install a rain garden at her school f
or the twofold purposes of 1) mitigating pollution and 2) creating an educational feature at the school that could help future students learn how to reduce stormwater pollution.

Many people rallied to help Sage achieve her vision.  Members of the school’s Earth Service Corps, the Seattle School District, Sustainable West Seattle, Sustainable Seattle, Stewardship Partners, and Friends of the Cedar River Watershed (FCRW) all worked together to bring the idea to fruition.

Kudos to all – and to Laura James for creating the video documenting the hard work.



Tox-Ick Moves To Ballard, June 7th

The Don’t Feed the Tox-Ick Monster campaign has a new Ambassador in Ballard, Liz Dunigan, who will be hosting a presentation about stormwater pollution on Thursday, June 7th, from 6-7:45 PM at the Ballard Library, 5614 22nd Avenue NW.  Pizza dinner will be provided. Contact Liz Dunigan at: or (206) 458-4794 for reservations & more information.
After the presentation Liz will facilitate a community discussion exploring the question: What are you inspired to do to support the health of our waterway & community?
The Tox-Ick campaign feels very grateful to have Liz join to spread the word about solutions to stormwater pollution.  Liz has experience in soil microbiology, mycology, Whole Systems Design, and is a LEED accredited professional.  So, she’s uniquely qualified to host an interesting discussion about solutions like rain gardens, natural yard care, and using mushrooms to mitigate pollution.

Sat. May 12: Help WSH Students Build Rain Garden

Come dig and plant a unique, student-inspired rain garden at West Seattle High School on Saturday May 12th from 10-2.   Come whenever you can and stay however long you can to help make this rain garden happen.  The student Earth Service corps groups proposed this and then made it a reality.   This rain garden may help pave the way for more rain gardens in Seattle schools!   Bagels, water, and tools provided.    Project partially funded by Sustainable West Seattle and supported by Friends of the Cedar River Watershed and Sustainable Seattle.

-Amy Waterman, Sustainable Seattle