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SPU replaced the existing ditch and culvert system along four blocks of NW 110th St, between Greenwood Ave N and 3rd Ave NW in the Piper's Creek Watershed with a “Cascade” model natural drainage system. View vicinity map (pdf).
The project is a series of stair-stepped natural pools that slow damaging stormwater flows, reduce flooding, and trap pollutants before they reach Pipers Creek. Stormwater flow from approximately 21 acres is managed through this natural infrastructure.
A "Cascade" prototype is a natural drainage design used on steep, residential streets. This design:
Construction was completed in December of 2002. The replanting and landscaping phase, which involved both sides of the street, took place between winter and spring of 2002-2003. Seattle Public Utilities is conducting ongoing monitoring of stormwater flow and velocity on the project.
The bioretention cells in the project are maintained by SPU Operations and Maintenance to ensure stormwater functionality at a service level B. Residents are welcome to provide additional maintenance to improve curb aesthetics.