Seattle Public Utilities

Longfellow Natural Drainage

  • Established_NDS A natural drainage system project a few years after installation.
  • Installed_NDS A natural drainage system before plants are installed.


Natural drainage systems slow stormwater and filter out pollutants before they can harm our creeks and other waterways. Keeping pollutants out of our water is important for fish, aquatic life, and people.

Building a natural drainage system in Longfellow Creek basin is part of the Plan to Protect Seattle's Waterways. SPU used to call these "roadside rain gardens" but now calls them "natural drainage systems" or "NDS"


Jonathan Brown, project manager
(206) 386-4027

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