Rain gardens are one of the most versatile and effective tools in a new approach to managing stormwater called low impact development (LID) or Green Stormwater Solutions (GSS). Directing water from roofs, driveways and other hard surfaces into a rain garden can reduce storm water run off (and sometimes solve drainage issues) while also increasing the amount of water that soaks into the ground to recharge the local groundwater. This is also water than can contain pollutants that we wish to keep out of streams, wetlands and Puget Sound. Rich, healthy rain garden soil can filter out and degrade these pollutants. WSU Kitsap Extension partners with the Kitsap Conservation District (KCD) with funding from Kitsap Public Works Stormwater’s Clean Water Kitsap Program to educate the public and small business owners on the benefits of rain gardens and to encourage their wider use. WSU’s Rain Garden Mentor volunteers are recruited from existing WSU Kitsap Master Gardener and Stream Stewards Volunteers, and therefore have a wide background in native plants, water conservation tactics, shoreline stewardship, and least toxic gardening methods.