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It Takes a Village

On a sunny day last September, dozens of neighbors in the western Washington town of Puyallup were out in their front yards, elbow-deep in dirt. They were planting a half-dozen saucer-shaped beds, the finale to a weeklong building blitz to turn two 18th Street blocks into a rain-garden demonstration project.

By ushering storm runoff into the soil, rather than letting it flow down oily streets, the new planting beds would protect one of the community's greatest assets, Clarks Creek, where five species of salmon lay their eggs.
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