Since 2007, SvR has been working with Washington State University to design a living laboratory at its Puyallup Research and Extension Center. After aiding the University to earn a $1 million Department of Ecology LID grant to research and demonstrate bioretention and porous pavement technologies, we have gone on to design a series of rain gardens, green roofs, permeable pavers, and porous asphalt. The different soil media and plant combinations in these experimental cells will be monitored to determine their impact on flow control and water quality. The project will also include educational elements, such as interpretive signage, to inform the public and visiting scientists about the experiments. The project was mentioned in an article in the Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce. To read that article, click here.