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Of Salmon, Soil, and Stormwater
Near Seattle, innovative uses of an onsite water surplus.
By Kim Sorvig

photo courtesy Foresight, Inc.

People from other states think we have webbed feet," says Seattle landscape architect Sandra Hasegawa Ingalls (Foresight, Inc.). One of Ingalls's recent projects may convince people she has gills, too. The landscape of Cross Valley Water District headquarters in Clearview, Washington, north of Seattle, is beautiful and instructive to people, but a major influence on the design was...fish. Salmon, to be precise.

To understand how a terrestrial landscape architect can say she designs for salmon requires looking at two other paradoxes: that Seattle, with nearly 40 inches of annual rainfall, has water conservation worries (see sidebar, "Waterless in Seattle?"); and that a program to protect salmon streams is reshaping Seattle soils.

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