University of Washington
May 2010

Husky Sustainable Storms (or HSS), an initiative launched by students, faculty and staff of the University of Washington to mitigate stormwater runoff on-campus by designing and building a stormwater treatment structure that mimics ecological processes and reflects environmental values. Husky Sustainable Storms hopes to achieve this goal in the 2012-2013 academic-year by building a water treatment bioswale on-campus.

  1. Improves the quality of surface water flowing from the UW campus;
  2. Advance student engagement in stormwater design, implementation, and education;
  3. Provide a demonstration for UW engineering and transportation services in addressing stormwater issues

What is a bioswale?

A bioswale is a carefully designed garden that uses plants and other natural materials to clean stormwater and keep it from carrying pollutants into natural and man-made waterways.
Why install bioswales at the University of Washington?
Here at UW, we have a lot of parking lots that collect harmful chemicals from motor vehicles. Those chemicals are currently going straight into our natural and man-made waterways, such as and not limited to Lake Union, Lake Washington, and the Puget Sound.
Still have questions?
Would you like a representative from Husky Sustainable Storms to come and host a discussion or teach you and your group a bit more about the project, sustainable efforts on campus at the University of Washington, or sustainability in the built environment in general?

Interest in learning the basics of bioswale design yourself? We would be more than happy to visit your classroom, club, or other group meeting.


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Project Contact Name: 
Sunni Wissmer