A Eugene building materials company has agreed to pay for a Creswell school's "demonstration rain garden" as part of a lawsuit settlement.
The lawsuit alleged that Real Wood Products violated the federal Clean Water Act by illegally discharging stormwater runoff into the Willamette River.
“This company doesn’t presently, has never and will never intentionally do anything that will harm our environment,” [owner Steve] Sogge said. “We are Oregonians. We live here. We fish the rivers.”
Rain gardens help protect river quality by holding more stormwater on site so it flows more gradually into tributaries and eventually into the river, reducing flood-caused silt and erosion problems downstream.
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