Rain gardens will be the subject of a presentation at the Port Angeles Main Library on Thursday. (Kate Radigan)

Low-impact rain gardens explained in Port Angeles talk

PORT ANGELES — Rain gardens will be the topic of a presentation by stormwater management experts at 6 p.m. Thursday.

Bob Simmons, Vince McIntyre and Jonathan Boehme will present an introduction to “Low-Impact Development and Rain Gardens” at the Port Angeles Library, 2210 S. Peabody St.

Rain gardens, permeable pavement and soil quality can help manage stormwater runoff, presenters said, adding that making these adjustments to one’s yard can help protect the water quality in Port Angeles.

The presenters will explain how homeowners can create rain gardens in their own yards and which city of Port Angeles rebates are available to assist with low-impact development.

Simmons, an associate professor at Washington State University, has provided community-based natural resource stewardship and conservation programs in the Puget Sound region for more than 25 years.

Since 2005, he has been utilizing rain gardens for stormwater management, drawing from the Washington Stormwater Center’s latest research.

Vince McIntyre, a city civil engineer, has been performing development review, project design and inspection, permit compliance and public education for about a year.

McIntyre’s environmental engineering master’s thesis focused on remediating urban stormwater runoff by removing zinc and copper using lignocellulosic filter media.

Jonathan Boehme, a city engineer/project manager, managed the Fourth Street Stormwater Project, which constructed rain gardens at eight intersections in Port Angeles.

Boehme’s experience in stormwater management includes water quality sampling, low-impact development design and site development.

The presentation is part of the North Olympic Library System’s 2017 Summer Reading Program, “Build a Better World.” For more information, visit visit www.nols.org, call 360-417-8500 or email Discover@nols.org.