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SE Stephens and 28th
The recently planted rain garden and the rain chain at Colonial Heights Presbyterian were designed and installed with help from members of the East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District.

downsprouts 10th
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10th @ Hoyt
The 31,000-square foot courtyard roof of this apartment building channels storm water into three copper and steel downspouts, which carry it to detention reservoirs and a 40-foot long storage cistern (think of a well, but with a waterproof lining). The structures are accented with colored glass studs. “Stormy nights provide an unparalleled, spectacular display of water, dancing lights, and fresh sounds,” says designer Steve Koch of his creation.

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NE 11th and Knott
The wheel structure on this residential downspout directs water into a fun, frog-shaped water catchment structure.

downsprouts Kenton
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Kenton
The home of Marina Wynton, owner of Olivine Design, is a perfect storm of…storm water management with a rain garden, eco-roof, vertical sedum box, and ceramic rain chain. Wynton has received grants for her efforts from the City of Portland Bureau of Environmental Services, and implores all Portlanders to look into the discounts on water bills available to those who manage storm water on-site.

downsprouts new seasons
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New Seasons Seven Corners
The “Rain Man” sculpture at this New Seasons was put in six years ago when the store was built. Designed by Portlander Ivan McLean, it is made of various recycled metal objects (including a toaster), and directs water from the roof into a bioswale. According to the New Seasons website, “A ‘swale’ is a piece of land that is lower and usually more marshy and more damp than surrounding areas.” They absorb and filter storm water runoff.

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On SE Brooklyn St., Inner SE
Designed by Amy Whitworth of Plan-It-Earth Design, and installed by Apogee Landscapes, this residential downspout opens onto a stone pathway, which directs water into a rain garden.

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