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Slavin Court Community Transforms Stormwater Path

Jennifer Seamans, Watershed Center Manager, 503-823-2862 or watershed@swni.org

Volunteers digging up grass lawn
Volunteers begin replacing a muddy path (back) with a porous walkway by using a broadfork from the WRC tool shed to decompact the soil and remove lawn, the dense root mat of which increases runoff.  Photos: Jennifer Seamans

 

When residents at the Slavin Court apartment community in the South Portland neighborhood met with SW Watershed Resource Center (WRC) staff Jen Seamans and Sanjane Ceesay in March 2016, several project ideas for common areas of the property were immediately suggested. Families wanted areas where they could grow vegetables. A few people voiced concerns about the pavement next to the playground creating a small pond when it rained. Older youth wanted areas where they could put their creativity and ideas into action.