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April 18, 2017

Growing Vine Street offers free Water Bootcamp here April 29

Photo by Will Trogdon [enlarge]

Growing Vine Street will hold a free Water Bootcamp from 1 to 4:30 p.m. April 29 at Belltown Community Center in Seattle.

Water use in Seattle peaks at about 200 million gallons per day in the summer, all of it coming from the Green River watershed, the group said in press release.

Participants will learn about ways technology and design can help the city respond to climate change and get the most out of the water supply and water treatment infrastructure.

Keynote speakers include Drew Ganges of Magnusson Klemencic Associates and June Grant of Blink!Lab Architecture. Buster Simpson, a Seattle-based artist, also will speak. Refreshments will be provided. Go to http://tiny.cc/sygjky to R.S.V.P.

The pools shown here are part of a stormwater collection system designed by Simpson and landscape architect Peggy Gaynor for the 81 Vine Building, which was developed by architect Carolyn Geise.

Runoff from the roof and terrace is collected by downspouts that carry water to a 2,000 gallon cistern and a system of pools. Water is then used for irrigation and purified through biofiltration in the pools.

The system was completed in 1999 and was the first demonstration project for Growing Vine Street. The community-based nonprofit bills itself as an advocates for nature in urban settings.

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