Alaska trailership operator Totem Ocean Trailer Express will install the South Sound's first industrial rain garden next week at its terminal on the Port of Tacoma’s Blair Waterway.
Some 100 TOTE employees and volunteers will plant about 600 native plants in the rain garden at the terminal. The event will take place at 10 a.m. April 19 at the shipping line’s terminal at 500 Alexander Way.
The nonprofit Stewardship Partners, the Tacoma Garden Club and the Port of Tacoma, which leases the property to TOTE, are contributing to the project.
The rain garden is designed to filter pollutants from stormwater at the terminal and buildings.
TOTE’s two-ship rotation moves trailers full of merchandise between Tacoma and Anchorage. TOTE was a pioneer in another green initiative, becoming the first shipping line at the port to power its ships in port with shore power rather than the ship’s engines.