Husky Sustainable Storms


Husky Sustainable Storms (or HSS), an initiative launched by students, faculty and staff of the University of Washington to mitigate stormwater runoff on-campus by designing and building a stormwater treatment structure that mimics ecological processes and reflects environmental values. Husky Sustainable Storms hopes to achieve this goal in the 2012-2013 academic-year by building a water treatment bioswale on-campus.

Improves the quality of surface water flowing from the UW campus;
Advance student engagement in stormwater design, implementation, and education;
Provide a demonstration for UW engineering and transportation services in addressing stormwater issues

What is a bioswale?

A bioswale is a carefully designed garden that uses plants and other natural materials to clean stormwater and keep it from carrying pollutants into natural and man-made waterways.

Why install bioswales at the University of Washington?

Here at UW, we have a lot of parking lots that collect harmful chemicals from motor vehicles. Those chemicals are currently going straight into our natural and man-made waterways, such as and not limited to Lake Union, Lake Washington, and the Puget Sound.