Managing Stormwater Beautifully
PROJECT: Whispering Firs Stormwater Park
OWNER: Kitsap County
ENGINEER: NL Olson & Associates
LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT: Jens Swenson, Parametrix
CONTRACTOR: Sound Excavation
LOCATION: Silverdale, WA
Iron Age’s decorative grates are used in the design of this innovative park, which not only provides a beautiful setting for the community to enjoy but also filters stormwater from 115 acres of upstream development.
The park is part of an ongoing effort to make nearby Clear Creek’s ecosystem functional again after years of damage from farming and development. Other goals include reducing flooding for nearby residents and making sure the water that eventually reaches Puget Sound is safe for salmon, orcas, and people.
How It Works
Diverted stormwater flows through our grates and into a series of channels and treatment cells. (For project specifics, check out the video below, courtesy of Contech Engineered Solutions.)
Massive planters filled with native plants and special soils remove pollutants from the runoff before sending it to holding ponds. Clean water is slowly released, eventually joining Puget Sound.
- Treats 115 acres of stormwater runoff, approximately 100 million gallons per year
- Reduces localized flooding during storm events
- Over the next 10-20 years, the system will prevent 100,000 lbs. of pollutants from reaching Puget Sound
- Achieves current treatment standards of 91% of storm flows
- Delivers cleaner runoff to Clear Creek and Puget Sound
- Benefits the community by providing a beautiful park and walking trail system for the community to enjoy year-round
We are grateful for the opportunity to partner with project designers NL Olson & Associates and Parametrix, and proud of the role we all play in helping to create a cleaner environment and more sustainable future.